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26 January 2017

'Matisse at War: The Artist's Book in a Time of Crisis'

Presented By Kathryn Brown, part of the Art History and Visual Culture Research Seminars 2016/17

About this event

Henri Matisse published only one artist’s book during the Second World War: Pasiphaé, Chant de Minos (1944). This paper explores the charged social, political, and artistic context of the work’s creation and examines the risks that Matisse ran in working with Henry de Montherlant, an author accused of collaboration during post-war literary purges in France. It is argued that the work’s reception has rested on a crucial distinction between, on the one hand, the textual connection of Pasiphaé to Montherlant’s political writings and, on the other hand, the impact of the book as a material object produced by Matisse.

This event is part of the Art History and Visual Culture seminar series 2016-17.

You may also be interested in attending the Association of Art Historians' Annual Conference and Art Book Fair 2017.

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