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Matisse: In Search of True Painting

Editors: Rebecca Rabinow and Dorthe Aagesen
Contributors: Jack FlamStephanie D'AlessandroHilary SpurlingCécile Debray,Isabelle Monod-Fontaine Doïna LemnySamantha Rippner
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
List price: $ 50.00

Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to accompany an exhibition organized incollaboration with the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen and the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, this book examines the working method of the French modernist Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Known for constantly questioning his earlier ideas and techniques, he reevaluated an initial idea by repeating themes and images in pairs, trios or series in order, as he put it, to "push further and deeper into true painting.” Departing from the usual linear progression of works across the artist’s career, this publication focuses on a concise selection of 60 artworks to illustrate Matisse's creative process. One of the contributors to Matisse: In Search of True Painting is AICA-USA member Jack Flam, who contributed an essay entitled “The Eternal Feminine.”

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