Lecture on Matisse's printed books, Northampton MA USA, April 27

Smith College's Mortimer Rare Book Room is hosting John Bidwell for a talk Thursday, April 27: "Good Cop, Bad Cop: Matisse and his Publishers" (https://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/john-bidwell-lecture).
 

Bidwell is Curator of Printed Books and Bindings at The Morgan Library and Museum, which hosted an exhibition last winter of some of Matisse's printed books (see http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/graphic-passion):
"World renowned for his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and cut-outs, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) also embraced the printed book as a means of artistic expression. Between 1912 and his death in 1954, he was engaged in nearly fifty book illustration projects, many produced with his direct involvement in page layout, typography, lettering, ornament, and cover design. He planned these publications with his characteristic vigilance and zeal, seeking a perfect fusion of image and text. Some thirty of these modern masterpieces will be on view for the first time together in this landmark exhibition exploring the decisive role book production played in Matisse’s career."

I've talked about some printed works by Matisse, published by Albert Skira. And have you seen Matisse's Jazz? It is, in my opinion, one of the most moving books of the 20th century. Watch this introduction and brief (positive) criticism. You've probably seen the Icarus from it.