The Oasis of Matisse Book
The Oasis of Matisse
by Patrice Deparpe. Hardcover.
Henri Matisse’s (1869 – 1954) paintings, drawings, sculptures, and cutouts are among the most admired works of art of the twentieth century. The exhibition The Oasis of Matisse offers an offbeat perspective on the oeuvre of this world-famous artist, interweaving his work with the Stedelijk Museum’s collection.
This exhibition catalog captures the striking pairings of Matisse’s paintings and drawings with iconic works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. It also devotes particular attention to Matisse’s later works, including one of the most beloved works in the Stedelijk collection: the monumental cutout The Parakeet and the Mermaid. The book and the exhibition thus offer an inspiring and multi-faceted journey through the oeuvre of Henri Matisse, the Stedelijk collection, and the history of art in the twentieth century.
The essays by art historians Patrice Deparpe and Maurice Rummens provide a deeper understanding of the decisive moments and main themes in the life and work of Henri Matisse. Moreover, the recollections of Matisse’s studio assistant Paule Caen-Martin offer a unique inside look into the master’s studio.