The Art Books of Henri Matisse

21 October 2011 - 15 April 2012

Free admission

The Art Books of Henri Matisse

'Icare' ('Icarus'), plate VIII of XX from the illustrated book Jazz, 1947, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Collection.
© Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2011

We are proud to present an exhibition of art books by one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Henri Matisse (1869-1954), on public display for the first time in the UK.

The exhibition comprises 63 framed original illustrations with text from four of Matisse’s most significant books, including his famous 'Jazz' (1947), one of the most celebrated artists’ books in the history of modern art. Highlights include:

All the works are part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch's extensive art collection, and have been loaned to the gallery through the company's Art in our Communities ® programme as part of a commitment to share its artworks with the wider public.

Listen to poetry audio

Art books from the Walker Art Gallery collection

Also on display are a number of artists’ books from the Walker Art Gallery's permanent collection by artists such as Ed Ruscha, Derek Boshier, Gilbert & George, Tom Phillips and Jeff Nuttall.


From the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Collection

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