Philadelphia, PA: The Barnes Foundation, 2015. Hardcover. Cloth slipcase, all volumes are hard cover. 3 volumes : illustrations (some color), portraits. VG+/VG, cloth yellow slipcase, illustrated, shows some wear and rub. Inside titles clean and tight. Item #179766
"Despite the reknown of the Matisse holdings at the Barnes Foundation, these works have long remained uncatalogued and elusive to many, given the Foundation's restrictions on loans and color photography. Generations of scholars have lamented the black-and-white slides of Le Bonheur de vivre that anticlimactically accompanied lectures on the riot of Fauvre color. Matisse in the Barnes Foundation ... grew out research on the collection initiated in the 1990s ... . Goals for the Matisse project included gathering comprehensive information on the works, from external sources, the tremendously rich and recently catalogued Barnes Foundation Archives, and the insights of curators and conservators, and creating for each work an internally consistent record in the Foundation's database, part of which could eventually migrate to the Foundation's website"--Foreword (pages 21-22). A landmark compendium - the first authoritative publication to cover in its entirety one of the most significant holdings of Matisse in the world. Here is a vibrant celebration - slipcased and beautifully produced - of the Barnes' extraordinary Matisse collection. Composed of fifty-nine 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 called 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. An essay by Yve-Alain Bois addresses the evolution of The Dance and its role in Matisse's career; Karen Butler looks at what Barnes thought of Matisse; and Claudine Grammont's 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 artists technique and a report on the latest findings on the pigments used in Le Bonheur de vivre. Contents as follows: Volume 1 : Foreword -- Matisse in the laboratory of Dr. Barnes : how and why Barnes collected Matisse / Claudine Grammont -- Ensembles -- Matisse's awakening / Yve-Alain Bois -- Henri Matisse according to Dr. Barnes / Karen K. Butler ; Volume 2 : Catalogue nos. 1-5 -- Le Bonheur de vivre : 'the work of a superb colorist' / Barbara A. Buckley and Jennifer Mass -- Catalogue nos. 6-49 ; Volume 3 : Catalogue nos. 50-51 -- The dance process -- Catalogue nos. 52-59 -- Notes -- Correspondence around the dance.