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Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman & Cristina Amodeo

Matties's garden
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matisse's garden book

If you are anything like me you can’t resist a museum shop. I found this book on a recent trip to the Tate Modern and bought it as semi-compensation for missing their exhibition of Matisse’s Cut-Outs last year.

I really love taking my kids to art exhibitions, even if it is not always their bag yet. My eldest (who is nearly 8) is starting to be interested in his own perceptions of what he is looking at and I love those dialogues with him. My middle one (the girl) loves drawing and painting and is often inspired to do an art-project as the result of a visit, and my youngest (3) is … to be honest … really, really horrible to take to museums!!!

So we missed the exhibit but … we found this book! Surely the next best thing? The book, published by MOMA, unfolds the artistic process that Matisse went through to develop some of his famous Cut-Out works. Told, as a story, we learn about Matisse, the curiosity and experimental nature of artists and, of course, some of his most famous works.
The book has been illustrated in a cut-out style, which nods to Matisse but still has its own individual look and then the pages unfold to reveal some of Matisse’s finished work which example that part of his artistic journey.

Lioba doing Matisse art project
henri matisse art project
Lioba and art project

We really enjoyed the book and it was also fun to have a go at producing a cut-out ‘art-piece’ with my daughter (a few phone-pics here to see). You can pick up a copy of ‘Matisse’s Garden’ from Amazon (UK and US ).

-Mo x


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Comments (5)

March 13, 2015

I just looked at this book bc that Matisse exhibit was at the MOMA. It’s brilliant!


Esther in Amsterdam
March 14, 2015

I’m so excited because we’ll have a major Matisse exhibition here in Amsterdam soon, can’t wait! I’ll get this book to prepare the kids for their visit. (And maybe you can come visit us in Amsterdam and join us for the exhibition, since you missed it in London?????) 🙂 xxxx


March 23, 2015

Charlotte was OBSESSED with Matisse after we saw the exhibit here I’m London! We got one book for her which she read nonstop for weeks on end (no exageration!!) so getting this one as well is a no brainer! Thanks! xx


March 23, 2015

(Maybe we’ll have to crash your new pad, Esther, and see the exhibition when it is in Amsterdam!!)


December 31, 2015

[…] behind a picture and I loved how the more you looked, the more you saw.  I’ve spoken before (here) about taking my kids to art exhibitions in the hope that I can inspire some of my interest to […]


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