Very Good / Very Good. Item #9242
New York: Rizzoli, 1984. First American Edition. Quarto (34x25.5x6cm); 752pp, including bibliography, exhibit chronology, and index. Illustrated with 930 documentary and art reproductions, 220 of them in full color. Illustrated dust jacket. Volume bound in navy cloth; title blind stamped on front panel, gilt lettering on spine.
Jacket Near Fine with slight signs of shelf scuffing. Volume impeccable, unmarred and unmarked.
This is the American edition of the volume published the same year in France by Flammarion: a compendious survey of Matisse's life, career, and contexts. Matisse was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in the gray and drizzly and chilly Nord département of France, and clearly needed to become "Matisse"—of the colors, the paper cut-outs, Algiers, the sun, the south, the Mediterranean—to escape that meteorological happenstance. Here's a volume of 4 glowing kilos to tell you how it all happened.