An amazing review about the project “Matisse in the Barnes Foundation”.
article by Phyllis Tuchman
MATISSE IN ALL HIS GLORY: NEW TOME CHRONICLES THE ARTIST’S WORK AT THE BARNES FOUNDATION
“…Matisse in the Barnes Foundation is an 18½-pound, 3-volume set with more than 600 sumptuous color reproductions. The hardcovers and their slipcase are each a color (lemon, tangerine, mint, and robin’s egg blue) found in Le Bonheur de vivre (1905–6), the pivotal Fauve painting that is among the museum’s treasures. Each cover also reproduces a photograph of Matisse standing on a low bench with an outstretched arm wielding a bamboo pole with charcoal on its end as he draws an outline on an early stage of The Dance (1932–33), another masterpiece in the Barnes. This image doesn’t just set the tone for this protean study, featuring 54 easel paintings, four works on paper, The Dance, and conservation reports. It served as the last illustration in the book on Matisse that Dr. Albert C. Barnes published in 1933…”