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Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts : Association of Print Scholars

The great painter Henri Matisse was also a great book illustrator. A pioneering member of the Fauves, a supreme colorist, a remarkable draftsman, and a creative genius: this is the Matisse known and admired by everyone with even a passing interest in modern art. But few know Matisse as an artist who designed and illustrated his own books. From until his death in , he engaged in nearly fifty illustration projects, many of which rank among the greatest artists' books of the twentieth century. A master printmaker, equally adept in various media, he ensured that his prints would appear to best advantage in conjunction with the printed page. He directly participated in page layout, typography, lettering, ornament, cover design, and even the choice of text. More than any others of his rank and stature, he knew the principles of visual communication and perceived the potential of letterpress printing.
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Irma Boom Interview: Passion for Books

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Mastery and Missteps in Matisse’s Books

Photography by Graham S. Both the maquette and the final version are exhibited. The maquette shows rough sketches of potential imagery, as well as cut lines of text pasted in strips as the artist experimented with various combinations of text and image. By composing with the arabesque of my drawing, but also by bringing the engraved page and the facing text page together so that they form a unit. Thus the engraved part and the printed part will strike the eye of the beholder at the same moment.

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Drawn in a few deft lines, it shows him with head tilted and with squinting eyes framed by oval spectacles in a sweet, quizzical expression. Despite the hours and days it took to create, it looks as if it could have been made in about half a minute. Was he right to complain? For Matisse scholars and for anyone with more than a passing interest in that artist, the exhibition and its catalog are a must. Not visually splashy, the presentation requires close, thoughtful looking. Not wanting to overshadow the texts, he tended toward understated simplicity and subtlety. While his prints and drawings often appear to be created with minimal effort, Matisse worked hard and with extreme conscientiousness through trial and error to achieve an effect of carefree spontaneity.

The great painter Henri Matisse was also a great book illustrator. But few know Matisse as an artist who designed and illustrated his own books. From until his death in , he engaged in nearly fifty illustration projects, many of which rank among the greatest artists' books of the twentieth century. A master printmaker equally adept in various mediums, he ensured that his prints would appear to the best advantage on the printed page. He directly participated in page layout, typography, lettering, ornament, cover design, and even the choice of text.

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  2. Graphic Passion recounts the publication history of nearly fifty books illustrated by Matisse, including masterworks such as Lettres portugaises, Mallarmé's.

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