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Matisse, Picasso, Miro: As I Knew Them

Bernier, Rosamond

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ISBN 10: 0394586700 / ISBN 13: 9780394586700
Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Publisher's '1991' date on title page. A handsome edition hard bound in publisher's black full cloth covers with bright gilt letters on front and spine cover.278 numbered pages. Profusely illustrated throughout. All page ends finished and unmarked. Book has no wear or any defects. DJ is complete and is price clipped. DJ has no wear. A solid, tight, clean, complete copy with clean and bright internals. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 058967

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Title: Matisse, Picasso, Miro: As I Knew Them

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition, Stated

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Synopsis:

Rosamond Bernier went to France in 1946 as "Vogue" features editor and stayed there for the next two decades, during which time she formed close and enduring friendships with many of the greatest painters of the 20th century, most particularly Matisse, Picasso and Miro. Reluctant though they were to reveal themselves to outsiders, Ms Bernier had their trust to a remarkable extent and each of them talked to her, as to few others, for hours at a time. From these conversations she gleaned not only a fund of personal and moving reminiscences, but also an understanding of the artists' work, lives and milieu. In this book, Ms Bernier captures the substance of these conversations, interweaving anecdote, description of each man's artistic concerns and photographs. She writes of her exploration of Barcelona with Miro as her guide, and her visit to Matisse when he explained to her, page by page, his illustrations of Mallarme's "Poesies", as well as numerous other memories.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Bernier's first book is a reshaping of her slide and lecture series often given at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere. The author, wife of art critic John Russell and founding editor of L'OEil, writes splendidly of her three artists on a personal level and covers a lot of ground artistically without ever getting in very deep or stopping for a rich examination of the works at hand. She always charms, however, especially when revealing lost treasures that she discovered firsthand. (The book's 350 illustrations, including 200 color, seen largely in b&w photocopy, give every indication of being knockouts.) Despite moments of evident warmth the artists showed her, Bernier's day-to- day reminiscences of her three heroes reinforce what we already know of them, and at times bring these men popping off the page with a line or two of dialogue without offering fresh insight into their work. Her stories cover the first 20 years in France following WW II, when her magazine was at its peak (it changed hands in 1969) and when, through her ``genius for friendship'' (as her husband puts it), she was gathering fresh material for L'OEil. Perhaps her biggest strike was a big cache of Picasso works the painter had left with his family in Barcelona 50 years earlier and that he directed her tomany were black with grime but when cleaned revealed the teenage artist's astounding facility as a realist. Bernier's most captivating passage about Matisse concerns the bedridden artist's slowly evolving plans and inspiration for the Chapelle de Sainte-Marie-du-Rosaire at Vence and the sudden impetus to his work that thoughts of stained-glass windows in strong sunlight gave him. Mir¢ tells her about his painting of The Farm, which turned out to be too big for any dealer to sell; the young Hemingway bought it ``for pennies, but he liked it a lot.'' A moveable feast. Clear off the coffee table. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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