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Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview
     

Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview

by Henri Matisse, Pierre Courthion (With), Chris Miller (Translator), Serge Guilbaut (Editor)
 

In 1941 the Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion interviewed Henri Matisse while the artist was in bed recovering from a serious operation. It was an extensive interview, seen at the time as a vital assessment of Matisse’s career and set to be published by Albert Skira’s then newly established Swiss press. After months of complicated discussions between

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In 1941 the Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion interviewed Henri Matisse while the artist was in bed recovering from a serious operation. It was an extensive interview, seen at the time as a vital assessment of Matisse’s career and set to be published by Albert Skira’s then newly established Swiss press. After months of complicated discussions between Courthion and Matisse, and just weeks before the book was to come out—the artist even had approved the cover design—Matisse suddenly refused its publication. A typescript of the interview now resides in Courthion’s papers at the Getty Research Institute.

This rich conversation, conducted during the Nazi occupation of France, is published for the first time in this volume, where it appears both in English translation and in the original French version. Matisse unravels memories of his youth and his life as a bohemian student in Gustave Moreau’s atelier. He recounts his experience with collectors, including Albert C. Barnes. He discusses fame, writers, musicians, politicians, and, most fascinatingly, his travels. Chatting with Henri Matisse, introduced by Serge Guilbaut, contains a preface by Claude Duthuit, Matisse’s grandson, and essays by Yve-Alain Bois and Laurence Bertrand Dorléac. The book includes unpublished correspondence and other original documents related to Courthion’s interview and abounds with details about avant-garde life, tactics, and artistic creativity in the first half of the twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 1941, Swiss art critic Courthion interviewed Matisse in Lyon while the artist was recovering from a serious operation, for a book to be published by Albert Skira, founder of the eponymous publishing house. Over several days, Matisse and Courthion discussed topics including the artist’s early years as a student of Gustave Moreau in Paris; his relationship with Renoir, Cezanne, and Pissaro; his collaborations with Sergei Diaghilev; and his travels in Morocco and their impact on his work. Just a few weeks before the book was slated to be released, Matisse blocked its publication, stating that he had conducted the interview while under sedation. Fortunately, the manuscript landed at the Getty Research Institute, where it was later discovered by art history professor Guilbaut (How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art), who here publishes the complete interviews in English and French, along with reproductions of the original edited manuscript and transcript rejected by Matisse. The volume includes two short, very astute critical essays on Matisse as a traveler and on the artist’s decision to remain in Nazi-occupied France, along with numerous photographs of the artist and reproductions of his work. This important book provides great insight into Matisse as an artist and individual, as well as into the journalist’s interviewing and editing process. 23 color and 28 b&w illus. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“An extensive interview in which Henri Matisse freely shares his thoughts on everything from drawing to depression.”—Guardian

“This important book provides great insight into Matisse as an artist and individual, as well as into [Courthion’s] interviewing and editing process.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] comprehensively contextualised restoration of this rare and uninhibited testimonial, emerging from a moment that Matisse correspondingly called his ‘resurrection’ from near-death.”— Burlington Magazine

“[Chatting with Henri Matisse] sheds light on [Matisse’s] process and his approach to color.”—ArtInfo

“Full of reminiscences, aperçus, and surprising revelations from the master.”—ARTnews

“[These interviews] give valuable insight into a major artist who was not only a painter but a sculptor, set designer and maker of memorable cut-paper collages.”—South China Morning Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606061299
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,277,325
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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