An intriguing dual biography explores the relationship between famed post-Impressionist artist Henri Matisse and his son Pierre, an influential art dealer, drawing on Pierre's unpublished archives and numerous letters between father and son to offer a fascinating portrait of twentieth-century art. Reprint.
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Author John Russell knew Pierre Matisse (1900-1989) personally, and after his death was invited to work in the legendary art dealer's archives. Among the treasure-trove of material was 34 years' worth of correspondence between Matisse and his father, the legendary French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Russell's stately narrative draws on those letters, as well as Pierre's correspondence with the artists he represented (most notably Joan Miró, Balthus, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet). It reveals a remarkable intimacy between father and son, despite the fact that Pierre made his career in New York, while the elder Matisse resided in France. The naturally reserved Matisses were probably more candid in letters than they would have been in person about family crises; in addition, the correspondence provides fascinating insights into Henri's creative struggles and his shrewd business sense. Pierre is respectfully portrayed as a dealer of the old school--making a lifetime commitment to the artists he admired, regarding their works "not so much as objects of commerce, but as children ready for adoption." Russell, a former art critic for the New York Times, writes in a rather formal style that emphasizes the Matisses' links (and his own) to a vanished time, the heroic age of modern art and of the men and women who made it their mission to introduce it to the world. --Wendy SmithAbout the Author:
JOHN RUSSELL, former chief art critic of the New York Times, is one of this country's most respected writers on the arts. The author of many books, including Abrams' London and Paris, he has been honored by the governments of Britain, France, Germany, and Austria, and is a recipient of the Mitchell Prize for Art Criticism. He lives in New York.
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Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0810929910
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, New York, New York, 1999. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Edition. New York: Abrams, 1999. First Edition. Trade paperback, 412 pp including index. Includes 96 illustrations, including 48 plates in full color. "The former chief art critic for the New York Times and the author of The World of Matisse, John Russell offers this insider's view into the lives and creative efforts of some of this century's most important artists. The heart of this biography is the 30-year correspondence between artist Henri Matisse and his son Pierre, an art dealer, with whom Russell was quite close. Pierre Matisse moved from France to New York in his 20s to establish a gallery, and introduced to the United States such major European artists as Miró, Giacometti, Balthus, and Dubuffet. He proved over the years to be a valuable and trusted confidant to these artists, and a vital source of strength to his father, who discussed his work and his personal travails in detail. "What would become of me, if you were no longer here?" Henri once wrote. Illustrated with family photographs and 48 color plates of key artworks, Russell's seamless narrative is based on several thousand unpublished letters in the archives of the Pierre Matisse Gallery." A new book. Bookseller Inventory # KT-B1142-03
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110810929910
Book Description Harry N. Abrams. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0810929910 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1328114