The Oasis of Matisse


At the heart of this publication is one of the most popular works: the monumental paper cut-out The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952-1953).

This iconic artwork is presented alongside other many cut-outs, book designs by Matisse, rarely-exhibited works in fabric, interiors, costume and stained glass inspired by them. Matisse sought the most perfect possible union between shape and colour.

He depicted Eastern nudes, colourful fabrics, carpets, potted plants, and idyllic landscapes. This major publication, splendidly designed and full of vivid illustrations, reveals that, until his death, Matisse sought to evoke a bright, joyous simplicity with the minimum of means.

Texts by Patrice Deparpe, Geurt Imanse, Beatrix Ruf, Maurice Rummens, and Bart Rutten.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Oasis of Matisse at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 27 March – 16 August 2015.

The Oasis of Matisse
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