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Special Matisse exhibition is a real page-turner

Shane Hickey

Published 26/05/2011 | 05:00

Dr Jill Unkel, curator at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, with the art books of Henri Matisse which are now on public display
Dr Jill Unkel, curator at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, with the art books of Henri Matisse which are now on public display

A SPECIAL collection of works by a world-renowned artist has opened in an Irish gallery named after his friend.

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A selection of art books created by Henri Matisse, the French painter, will be on view to the public over the coming months after a travelling collection landed in Dublin for the first in a series of European viewings.

The four illustrated books, which were created by the artist later in his life, are being shown in the Chester Beatty library.

The library is named after American collector and philanthropist Alfred Chester Beatty -- a friend of Matisse.

Curator Dr Jill Unkel said it was quite rare to have such a large collection of the artist's books all in one space.

The artist, who died in 1954, was mostly known for colourful paintings but concentrated on books in his later years.

The most famous of the works is 'Jazz', which is one of the most celebrated artists' books in history and features the well-known image of Icarus with a red circle on his heart.

The books will be on show until September 25.

Irish Independent

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