Matisse's Garden

Matisse's Garden

By Samantha Friedman and Henri Matisse
Illustrator Cristina Amodeo


Price: $19.95

  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Imprint: Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11 34
  • ISBN: 9780870709104
  • Page Count: 48
  • Illustrations: illustrated throughout, featuring 10 cut-outs by Matisse and 3 gatefolds
  • Rights: North America

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.


'Eight reproductions of Matisse's cut-paper work appear throughout, some on gatefolds, and a brief biography closes out this strong study of an artist's thought processes and growth."
Publishers Weekly
"In its inventive approach to teaching art history, this book should inspire teachers and students alike to experiment with color, shape and form in the same free and expressive mode as the master."
Kirkus Reviews

About the authors

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.