Matisse in the Barnes Foundation

Matisse in the Barnes Foundation

'(In association with the Barnes Foundation / vol 1: 200 p, vol 2: 364 p, vol 3: 330 p)
  1. Edited by Yve-Alain Bois
  2. With essays and entries by Karen K. Butler
  • ISBN 9780500239414
  • 33.00 x 25.40 cm
  • Hardback (no jacket) in slipcase
  • 894pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2015
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A landmark publication that catalogues in its entirety one of the most significant holdings of Matisse in the world – a vibrant celebration – slipcased and beautifully produced by Pentagram – of the Barnes’s extraordinary Matisse collection.

With essays and entries by
Karen K. Butler and Claudine Grammont
Technical contributions by
Barbara A. Buckley, Jennifer Mass and Thomas Primeau

‘Magnificently produced, deeply scholarly, biographically engrossing … No art history published this year has more triumphantly combined erudition with pleasure’ – Financial Times

Composed of 59 works from every stage of the artist’s career, it is among the most important in the world. At its heart are Matisse’s most historically significant paintings, Le Bonheur de vivre, also known as The Joy of Life, and The Dance, the monumental mural that Albert C. Barnes commissioned to fill the lunettes of the Foundation’s main gallery, transforming both the space and the artist’s career.

Yve-Alain Bois addresses the evolution of The Dance and its role in Matisse’s career; Karen Butler explores Barnes’s opinion of Matisse; and Claudine Grammont considers how and why he collected his work.

The artworks themselves, sumptuously reproduced, are the subjects of interpretive analyses that tell the stories of their acquisition and address their critical reception. The book includes major contributions by Barbara Buckley and Jennifer Mass on the artist’s technique and a report on the latest findings on the pigments used in Le Bonheur de vivre.

Yve-Alain Bois is an art historian and author at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
Karen Butler is assistant curator, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, Saint Louis.
Claudine Grammont is an independent scholar.
Barbara Buckley is head of the Conservation Department at the Barnes.
Jennifer Mass is senior scientist in the Analytical Department at Winterthur Museum, Delaware.