'Not only does it contain rarely seen images, but also a sensitive analysis of his relationships (as inscribed in these books) and his political affiliations during World War II'
Art Society Magazine
'These books-as-works-of-art are both a running commentary upon Matisse himself, the ever evolving, ever surprising image-maker, and an extraordinarily vivid series of critical responses to words that are often so rich and elusive in their meanings'
'This extensive study, with its many reproductions and engaging commentary, offers a worthwhile late-period portrait of an artist, who, as Aragon wrote in his many encomia, “used books to tell the story of his life”, and renew(ed) the very concept of illustration'
'Louise Rogers Lalaurie carefully and sensitively explores this relationship with an eclectic selection of poetry, drama together with Matisse’s own words … An inspiring portrait of the artist's regeneration and creative powers'
'Lalaurie pays close attention to the texts, throwing new light onto Matisse’s choice of books … Her linguistic skills are particularly valuable to an English audience, who might easily miss the nuances of the original French …one can only be grateful to the present publishers for doing admirable justice to both the artist’s intentions and those of his original publishers'
'The blind embossed cloth cover feels wonderful to the touch and the generous illustrations are printed complete with the torn and deckled paper edges all print lovers adore … Essential reading for Matisse fans'
'Matisse put an enormous amount of effort into his publishing projects … these were not minor works, but masterpieces. And because they were always intended for the pages of a book, they retain much of the force of originals in this handsome volume'