Matisse: Life & spirit

Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris


This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2021.

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Spanning six decades of the artist’s work, Matisse: life & spirit presents
an extraordinary immersion in the range and depth of the art of Henri Matisse, one of the world’s most beloved, innovative and influential artists.

The works reach from his early adventures in colour as a Fauvist through to the serene and distilled designs for his chapel in Vence in the south of France. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures and a compelling presentation of his triumphant cut-outs, it reveals how Matisse renewed his vision time and again over his long career, seeking new ways of celebrating the seen world and expressing the energy he felt in it.

Highlights include the especially important early work Le Luxe I 1907; the mid-career masterpiece Decorative figure on an ornamental ground 1925; and the majestic self-portrait, The sorrow of the king 1952, one of the largest of the famous cut-outs that the artist created in his late career.

Filled with brilliant colour, dynamic energy, visual joy and emotional power, Matisse: life & spirit offers an inspirational journey through the life and art of this ceaselessly inventive and life-affirming painter.

Developed in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which holds an exceptional collection of w
orks by the artist, Matisse: life & spirit is the greatest single exhibition of Matisse masterworks ever to be seen in Sydney.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21 x 28 cm
Publisher name Art Gallery of New South Wales
Publication date 16 December 2021
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Aurélie Verdier, Contributions by Roger Benjamin, Aurélie Verdier, Alastair Wright, Patrice Deparpe, and Justin Paton
Dimensions 21 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g


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Aurélie Verdier is curator of modern art at the Centre Pompidou.

Roger Benjamin is professor of art history at the University of Sydney.

Alastair Wright is associate professor of the history of art at St John's College, Oxford.

Patrice Deparpe is the director of the Matisse Museum in Cateau-Cambrésis, France.

Justin Paton is head curator of international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Anne Théry is an assistant curator at Centre Pompidou.

Marjolaine Buezard is a conservation officer at Centre Pompidou.