Journey into Matisse's South of France

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For more than 50 years the passionate pursuit of color led Henri Matisse to visit some of the most enchanting villages in southern France. Travelers and art lovers will delight in this mix of art, history, biography, and travel guide that covers southern France and explores the teal skies, emerald hills, red soil, and indigo seas beloved by the artist. The journey begins in Paris and then moves to the fashionable port of St. Tropez, the fishing village of Collioure, chic and voluptuous Nice, and the rustic ...
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Overview


For more than 50 years the passionate pursuit of color led Henri Matisse to visit some of the most enchanting villages in southern France. Travelers and art lovers will delight in this mix of art, history, biography, and travel guide that covers southern France and explores the teal skies, emerald hills, red soil, and indigo seas beloved by the artist. The journey begins in Paris and then moves to the fashionable port of St. Tropez, the fishing village of Collioure, chic and voluptuous Nice, and the rustic refuge of Vence, and ends in the luxurious resort of Cimiez. The author identifies the villas and studios where Matisse lived and worked in each location and discusses how his art responded to the palette and ambience of each local landscape.
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"Illuminates the titular relationship. . . . An accessibility and vividness rarely experienced in a book."  —Library Journal

"Anyone hoping to make a pilgrimage to France in search of Henri Matisse should use this as their bible."  —Art Blog by Bob

"A thoroughly enjoyable and revealing book about Matisse's art and life."  —Suite 101

"For a lover of art or a traveler to France, an informative and beautiful book.  McPhee has successfully melded two genres: biography and travel."  —wanderingeducators.com

Suite101.com
A thoroughly enjoyable and revealing book about Matisse's art and life.
wanderingeducators.com

For a lover of art or a traveler to France, an informative and beautiful book. McPhee has successfully melded two genres: biography and travel.

Library Journal
This new title in the "ArtPlace" series, which explores how a renowned artist and famous city or region served to define and inspire each other, illuminates the titular relationship through historical text, biography, travel guide, and artistic commentary, which are integrated fluently with photographs, paintings, maps (not detailed for navigation so much as historic information), and assorted memorabilia. This combination of material results in an accessibility and vividness rarely experienced in a book that might otherwise examine the subject monocentrically. It doesn't feel stuffy, dusty, or dry; instead, by mingling text and lucid, satisfying illustrations, it creates an experience for the reader—or at least a vacation. That said, though the text is extremely approachable, its specific focus may narrow the audience. While the book can stand alone, it seems best as a supplement in an existing collection on Matisse or France. Not a formal travel guide but more an art tour; recommended to public, academic, and museum libraries with expansive collections on Matisse or France.
—Ben Malczewski
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976670698
  • Publisher: Roaring Forties Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2006
  • Series: ArtPlace series
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Laura McPhee is a former editor at NUVO newsweekly. She has earned journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, and the Alternative Media Association. She studied art and literature at the University of Burgundy–Dijon, the American University of Paris, and Indiana University. She lives in Indianapolis.
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