Chatting With Henri Matisse

Chatting With Henri Matisse

The Lost 1941 Interview

Book - 2013
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"In 1941 the Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion interviewed Henri Matisse while the artist was in bed recovering from a serious operation. It was an extensive interview, seen at the time as a vital assessment of Matisse's career and set to be published by Albert Skira's then newly established Swiss press. After months of complicated discussions between Courthion and Matisse, and just weeks before the book was to come out - the artist even had approved the cover design - Matisse suddenly refused its publication. A typescript of the interview now resides in Courthion's papers at the Getty Research Institute. This rich conversation, conducted during the Nazi occupation of France, is published for the first time in this volume, where it appears both in English translation and in the original French version. Matisse unravels memories of his youth and his life as a bohemian student in Gustave Moreau's atelier. He recounts his experience with collectors, including Alfred Barnes. He discusses fame, writers, musicians, politicians, and, most fascinatingly, his travels."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Getty Research Institute, c2013
Description: x, 356 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims., ports. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781606061299
1606061291
Branch Call Number: 759.4 Mat
Additional Contributors: Courthion, Pierre.
Guilbaut, Serge.

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