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MATISSE'S SCULPTURE: THE PINUP AND THE PRIMITIVE. Ellen McBreen. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014. 246 pp. with 204 ills. (91 col.). 29 x 24 cm. LC 2013-16296 ISBN 9780300171037 In English.
Publisher's description: Long perceived as a side pursuit to his celebrated painting career, Henri Matisse's sculpture receives an overdue critical examination in this book. Beginning in 1906, soon after the artist acquired his first African sculpture, Matisse found inspiration in erotic and ethnographic photography, which had become inexpensively mass-produced thanks to advances in halftone technology. Working from these two radically different depictions of the body -- one hand carved, the other mechanically made -- was a foundational method for Matisse and crucial to the development of his pre-World War I abstraction. Far from a simple narrative of the artist "discovering" Africa, the highly original readings of Matisse's Sculpture plot new coordinates of study for early 20th-century primitivism. It examines the larger constructs of thought at the time, with a penetrating analysis of anthropology, popular erotica, and the visual culture of French. In addition, the book repositions Matisse's sculptural practice, particularly in regard to its investigations of race and sexuality, as a cornerstone of his prolific career.
Artist(s):Matisse, Henri
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1900-1945 — Sculpture, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 155518
Hardcover $55.00    

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