St. Petersburg: Herm, 2009. Sewn pb. The Hermitage in this exhibition honors the donor, Lidia Delektorskaia, of a major collection of Matisse works. Lidia Delektorskaia was orphaned in the cholera epidemic that struck Soviet Russia and emigrated to France with her relatives as a young woman in the 1920s, worked random jobs until she met took work with Matisse as a housekeeper in the early 1930s (she had posed for him briefly earlier). Matisse's wife was sickly and Delektorskaia became essential to his household and eventually inspired him as a model. This catalogue of the works she donated to the Hermitage includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, artist's books, and prints, which show the range of Matisse's talent. An appendix publishes correspondence and notes by Delektorskaia, which illuminate aspects of Matisse's life in the 1930s and 40s. 333 p., 31 cm, approx. 300 color illus., Rus. Item #2933
Chapter titles: Image of a Woman: Lidia Delektorskaia in Russia and in the Hermitage; Painting; Sculpture; Drawing; Artist's Books; Prints.