One day, the French artist Henri Matisse cut a small bird out of a piece of paper. It looked lonely all by itself, so he cut out more shapes to join it. Before he knew it, Matisse had transformed his walls into larger-than-life gardens, filled with brightly colored plants, animals, and shapes of all sizes! Featuring cut-paper illustrations and interactive foldout pages, Matisse’s Garden is the inspiring story of how the artist’s never-ending curiosity helped turn a small experiment into a radical new form of art.
About the Author
Samantha Friedman is an assistant curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is a contributing author of many books on art.
Cristina Amodeo is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Milan, Italy.
Henri Matisse (1869–1954), one of modern art’s most important figures, was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, and printmaker who began creating paper cutouts in the 1940s.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The reproductions of Matisse's work are visual treats. Text is minimal, illustrations are reminiscent of Matisse.