Books: A Library to Celebrate the Holidays

Two dozen volumes provide fresh glimpses of nature, art and faith

The work of Matisse is a carnival: of light, of warmth, of eros and of art itself. Matisse (Rizzoli; $95) is a celebration of the celebrator: a formidable, 752-page volume with 930 illustrations that took 14 years to prepare. Not a minute was wasted. The French master's parabola is traced from early still lifes of glowing Oriental rooms and odalisques to the shimmering, heated imagery of dancers, to the paper cutouts and stained-glass windows executed when he was in his 80s. Pierre Schneider's...

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