RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 41333613 LA English T1 The Vence Chapel : the archive of a creation A1 Matisse, Henri,, Couturier, Marie-Alain,, Rayssiguier, L.-B., Billot, Marcel., PB Menil Foundation ; Skira Editore ; Distributed in North America and Latin America by Abbeville Pub. Group PP Houston, Tex.; Milan, Italy; New York, NY YR 1999 SN 8881184028 9788881184026 AB Henri Matisse devoted four years of his life to designing the Vence Chapel, his "crowning achievement," as he himself stated on several occasions. Though the circumstances which led to the creation of this unique building are well known - the project originated with Sister Jacques-Marie, who nursed the aging painter back to health after his brush with death in 1942 - the story of the Chapel's construction has long remained shrouded in mystery. Much of the material in this book is drawn from the Couturier Archives. The bulk of the archive consists of the notes of Brother Louis-Bertrand Rayssiguer, the young Dominican monk who drew the plan of the Chapel and worked closely with Matisse on all phases of its building and decorating. From December 1947 to June 1951, Rayssiguier met frequently with the artist and recorded their conversations verbatim. His notes allow the reader to follow day by day the unfolding of one of the supreme masterpieces of religious art in the twentieth century. Even more significantly, they give us a rare glimpse into the artist's private world. They chronicle his disappointments and his moments of elation, his habits and his foibles, his reactions to contemporary developments in the art world, as well as his deepest personal beliefs. Completing this invaluable record, the correspondence between Matisse and Father Marie-Alain Couturier, the Dominican priest at the forefront of the post-World War II movement to commission works of religious art from leading modern painters and sculptors, details the creation of the Chapel's most remarkable feature - Matisse's bold stained-glass windows. The numerous letters he and the artist exchanged are in themselves a fascinating exchange on the art and the significance of modern stained glass.