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This exhibition catalog for a show traveling through February 2008 to Dallas, San Francisco, and Baltimore makes up a four-museum collaboration focusing on Matisse's sculptures. (The museums include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.) Matisse's sculptures are rarely treated separately from his paintings, so this book is an original exploration. To the artist, sculpture was a "dialectic" between "the grasped and the seen," and when he started sculpting, he indicated that he was an amateur, an attitude that granted him the breathing room to develop into a world-class sculptor who produced 80 works. Matisse's influences (e.g., his admiration for Rodin), methods of casting and analysis of materials, subject matter, affinity for his contemporaries, and the relationship of his own paintings and drawings to the creation of his sculptures and their place in modernism are all highlighted in the five essays by noted art historians. The catalog section that follows is fully illustrated and highly informative. To be appreciated by specialists, students, and museum goers who enjoy Matisse, this book is a necessary purchase for all modern art book collections.