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.
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.