212 plates, 32 in colour.
This richly illustrated book draws upon Lawrence Gowing’s earlier writings on Matisse, including a study described by Albert Elsen as “one of the finest, most perceptive and inspired essays” on the subject. Adding much material that is new and brilliantly penetrating, Gowing takes us through Matisse’s career, evaluating at each stage the artist’s relationship to tradition and to contemporary art. He assesses Matisse’s significance to the art that has followed him and looks closely at Matisse’s own achievement. The detailed discussion of individual works reveals the subtlety and complexity of one of the greatest masters of our time.