Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954) is known not only as one of the most important French painters of the 20th century but also as a Fauve (wild beast) and a co-founder and leading exponents of Fauvism. His work primarily represents the expressive language of pure, brilliant colors, and simple drawings.
As ad copy states: For Matisse, color did not serve as a tool for the expression of subjective feelings, but rather became the equivalent of light iteself: it functioned as a pure medium in the creation of an autonomous pictorial space: "Out of my fruitful work with discovered tones there must emerge a vital color harmony, a harmony that is analogous to a musical composition."
About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art Series features:
- a detailedv chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
- a concise biography
- approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions
Volkmar Essers, born in 1944, studied art history, archaeology, and German in Bonn, Munich and Berlin. IN 1972 he earned his doctorate with a work on the sculptor Johann Friedrich Drake. For many years, he has been the curator for the Art Collection of North Rhine-Westphalia, where he organized exhibitions of Paul Klee, Pablo Piccaso, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock and other artists. Essers has also published numerous essays and books on art of the 19th and 20th centuries.