A painting of pieces of fruit on a table alongside small bowls and a tall white figurine. The work is characterized by loose brushwork and bold strokes of color.

Matisse Up Close and All Around: Recommended Reading and Resources


In English and either still in print or available used from online booksellers

Affron, Matthew, Cécile Debray, and Claudine Grammont, eds. Matisse in the 1930s. Exhibition catalogue. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2022.

Amory, Dita, and Ann Dumas. Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2023.

Barr, Alfred H., Jr. Matisse: His Art and His Public. 2nd ed. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1974.

Berggruen, Olivier, and Max Hollein, eds. Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors; Masterpieces from the Late Years. Exhibition catalogue. Munich: Prestel, 2002.

Bidwell, John. Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts. Exhibition catalogue. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015.

Bois, Yve-Alain. Matisse and Picasso. Exhibition catalogue. Paris: Flammarion, 1998.

Bois, Yve-Alain, ed. Matisse in the Barnes Foundation. 3 vols. Philadelphia: Barnes Foundation, 2015.

Cowling, Elizabeth, et al. Matisse, Picasso. Exhibition catalogue. London: Tate Publishing; Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux; New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2002.

D’Alessandro, Stephanie, and John Elderfield. Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917. Exhibition catalogue. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2010.

Elderfield, John. The Drawings of Henri Matisse. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1984.

Elderfield, John. Henri Matisse: A Retrospective. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1992.

Elderfield, John. Henri Matisse: Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1996.

Flam, Jack, ed. Matisse on Art. Rev. ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Flam, Jack. Matisse in the Cone Collection: The Poetics of Vision. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 2001.

Jacobus, John. Henri Matisse. Rev. ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983.

Kosinski, Dorothy, Jay McKean Fisher, and Steven Nash. Matisse: Painter as Sculptor. Exhibition catalogue. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2007.

Rabinow, Rebecca, and Dorthe Aagesen, eds. Matisse: In Search of True Painting. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012.

Spurling, Hilary. A Life of Henri Matisse. Vol. 1, The Unknown Matisse: The Early Years, 1869–1908. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.

Spurling, Hilary. A Life of Henri Matisse. Vol. 2, Matisse the Master: The Conquest of Colour, 1909–1954. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

Temkin, Ann, and Dorthe Aagesen. Matisse: “The Red Studio.” Exhibition catalogue. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2022.

Major Collections of Matisse’s Work

Baltimore Museum of Art, Cone Collection

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Musée Matisse, Nice, France

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Tate Modern, London


Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio: The Journey of a Painting.” Museum of Modern Art, New York, posted May 5, 2022, 8 mins.

Green, Tyler, and Serge Guilbaud. “Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview.” Public conversation at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, November 17, 2013, 1:23:23.

Hanson, Katie. “Matisse: For Me It’s Always New.” Paper presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 29, 2017, 1:28:36.

Talbot, Emily. “Matisse and His Models.” Paper presented at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, Calif., March 2, 2019, 49:06.

On the Cutouts 
Henri Matisse: A Cut Above the Rest.” The Culture Show, BBC News North America, November 5, 2014, 30 mins.

Matisse, Picasso: A Conversation with the Exhibition Cocurators 
Varnedoe, Kirk, and John Elderfield, interview by Charlie Rose. Charlie Rose, April 28, 2003.

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