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In this richly illustrated study, Lawrence Gowing takes us through Matisse's career, assessing the lifetime of arduous labor that culminated in the apparent spontaneity of his color and ease of his imagery, and in the formidable intelligence of his compositions. The detailed discussion of individual works reveals the subtlety and complexity of one of the greatest masters ...more
Published February 1st 1985 by Thames & Hudson (first published January 1st 1979)
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Sep 08, 2016 Wenning rated it really liked it
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a series of critical essays on the major periods of matisse's ouevre.
would like less black and white images, as matisse was undoubtedly the master of color.
it would be wise to have a computer handy while reading.
this book requires several rereadings; it is dense but fascinating.
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Sir Lawrence Gowing was a British artist, writer, curator, and teacher. Initially recognized as a portrait and landscape painter, he quickly rose to prominence as an art educator, writer, and, eventually, curator and museum trustee. As a student of art history he was largely self-taught.

Sir Lawrence was born Lawrence Burnett Gowing to Horace Gowing, a draper, and his wife, Luisa. Born in Stoke New
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