07/15/2013 09:55 am ET

Revealed: Interview That Henri Matisse Banned


He was a giant of 20th-century art, revered for his sensitivity to line and colour. Now an extensive interview in which Henri Matisse freely shares his thoughts on everything from drawing to depression is to be published for the first time since he angrily blocked its publication more than 70 years ago.

In 1941, in an interview that spanned several days in Lyon and Nice, Matisse spoke with remarkable candour to an art critic, who planned to publish the transcript in a book. But the artist changed his mind and refused to allow the project to go to press.

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