Painter as Sculptor

Dorothy Kosinski, Jay McKean Fisher, and Steven Nash; Essays by Ann Boulton and Oliver Shell; Contributions by Heather MacDonald, Jed Morse, and Oliver Shell

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February 28, 2007
312 pages, 10 1/4 x 12 1/4
35 b/w + 261 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300115413

Published in association with The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center

Out of Print

Widely known for his vibrant and innovative modernist paintings and works on paper, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) also produced a large number of sculptures that were equally groundbreaking. This original and lavishly illustrated book examines more than forty of Matisse’s sculptures and joins them with his paintings, drawings, prints, and collages to investigate the relationship between his two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.
Essays present an overview of Matisse’s creative invention in sculpture and address his sculptural process from beginning to end. The volume presents the results of exciting new technical studies on Matisse’s working and casting methods. A selection of works on paper, paintings, and photographs unveils the evolution of his sculptural ideas––highlighting the importance of drawings to his process––and explores the fascinating issue of why he often painted images of his sculptures into many of his major works. Archival and installation photographs reveal how Matisse originally intended his works to be viewed.
Matisse: Painter as Sculptor also examines the artist's work in the context of late-19th- and early-20th-century sculpture. Works by Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Alberto Giacometti, Jacques Lipschitz, and Auguste Rodin address important questions of influence, affinity, and the meaning of modernism in Matisse's sculpture.

Ann Boulton is Objects Conservator, The Baltimore Museum of Art. Jay Fisher is Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, The Baltimore Museum of Art. Dorothy Kosinski is Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art, Dallas Museum of Art. Steven A. Nash is Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center. Oliver Shell is Assistant Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, The Baltimore Museum of Art.


The Baltimore Museum of Art (October 28, 2007 – February 3, 2008)

Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (January 21 – April 29, 2007)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (June 9 – September 16, 2007)

"Matisse's sculptures are rarely treated separately from his paintings, so this book is an original exploration. . . . Matisse's influences, 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."—Library Journal

"Matisse explores the relationship between his and the sculptural work of his contemporaries. Author Kosinsky and six scholars offer up in-depth and comprehensive observations that probe several aspects of the relationships. Juxtaposed reproductions of Matisse's related sculptures with specific paintings reveal how closely he explored certain motifs."—Art Times

"The most important survey of [Matisse's] work in years. This innovative collaboration between three major museums offers a refreshing examination of Matisse's complexity and a reminder of his importance for modernism. Highly recommended."—Choice

"This gorgeous book is lavishly illustrated and examines more than forty of Matisse's paintings, drawings, prints, and collages so as to investigate the relationship between his two-dimensional and three-dimensional work."—Virginia Quarterly Review

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