This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Serge Guilbaut, the editor of the recently published "Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview." This week’s show was taped live at Getty Center.
"Chatting with Matisse," which was published by Getty Publications, is a fascinating book: In 1941 art historian Pierre Courthion conducted an extensive interview with Matisse that was seen at the time as a vital assessment of his career. But just weeks before the book was to come out, Matisse suppressed its publication. Scholars have known about the interview for some time, but it’s never been published, or even widely available, until now. This beautiful new publication includes essays by Guilbaut, Yve-Alain Bois and Laurence Bertrand Dorleac. Chris Miller translated the interview.
Guilbaut is professor emeritus at The University of British Columbia. His previous projects include the book “How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War.”
Today on MANPodcast.com we’ll be featuring paintings and drawings Matisse made of Lydia Delectorskaya. From 1935 until the end of his life in 1954, Delectorskaya served as Matisse’s secretary, model — and maybe paramour. She was intensely involved with the 1941 interview featured on this week’s program, especially working to edit the text.
This is Matisse’s second major painting featuring Delectorskaya, Pink Nude (1935). It’s in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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