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Untitled

Item Code: HM-d225-sp
Medium
Collotype
Edition Size
950
Signed
Signed in plate
Width (cm)
25
Height (cm)
33
Date of Work
1943
Suite
Dessins
Base price $810
Includes free standard framing and UK delivery
In the early 1940s, in war-torn Europe, the publisher Martin Fabiani offered Henri Matisse an extraordinary commission. Matisse was to choose a few of his favourite themes and make a series of drawings.

In a letter to his daughter Matisse commented on the project; For a year I made a very important effort, one of the most important of my life. I developed my drawing and with ease made surprising progress with freely expressed sensibility, a wide variety of sensations but a minimum of means. It was like a breakthrough. The works were sensitively drawn with elegant unshaded line describing simplified forms of female figures and still lifes.

All prints are signed and dated in the plate.

A copy of the numbered justification page will accompany each print.
Henri Matisse PortraitMatisse was born in 1869 in Northern France. By 1891 he had abandoned his law degree and started to paint. In Paris, Matisse studied art briefly at the Académie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He embraced a new range of influences, abandoning the Impressionistic palette and establishing his own style with brilliant colour and fluid line. His subjects were primarily women, interiors, and still lifes.

From the early 1920s until 1939, Matisse divided his time between the South of France and Paris. While recuperating from two major operations in 1941 and 1942, he concentrated on a technique he had devised earlier, ‘papiers découpés’ (paper cutouts), which would prove hugely influential, and was one of the first painters to take an interest in “primitive” art. He died on November 3, 1954, in Nice.
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