Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was primarily known as a painter but was also a sculptor and draughtsman.
Matisse is commonly regarded as one of the artists throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Matisse helped to define and influence radical contemporary art in the 20th century.
Nice - Travail et Joie
A rare and beautiful lithograph from an original painting by Matisse, published in 1947 by Syndicat d'Initiative de Nice. Produced on Arches paper, mounted on linen and in stunning condition.
Measuring 65 x 100cm and referenced in: Les affiches originales des Maitres de l'Ecole de Paris (Original Posters from the School of Paris Masters), Fernand Mourlot, p. 40.
Framed to museum standards.
Nu Assis, Bras Gauche Sur la Tete
An original and beautiful lithograph, produced in 1926, on japon paper, with full margins and hand-signed by the artist in pencil.
From an edition of 50 (41/50) (There were also 10 artists proofs)
Size: image: 17 1/4 x 21 in. (43.8 x 53.3cm) ; sheet: 18 1/8 x 22 1/16 in. (46 x 56.3cm).
The work is referenced in the catalogue of the artists work: Claude Duthuit “Henri Matisse - Catalogue raisonne de l’oeuvre grave Number 473, page 73.
Provenance: From the stock of Henri M Petiet, Paris. The dealers stamp H.M.P in an oval, verso. Petiet was one of the most famous art dealers of Paris in the post war era. He bought the stock of Vollard on that dealers untimely death and proceeded to become one of the leading print dealers in Paris. The fact that our piece emanates from this source gives authenticity and prominence to it. Petiet’s vast stock has been sold in dozens of auctions over the last 15 years.
The Verve lithographs - 1958
These lithographs were produced at the end of the artist's life in 1954 and are the only edition of lithographs produced directly by Matisse working with Mourlot.
The images reproduce his iconic pochoir designs and were incorporated into a volume of the French portfolio Verve, ‘Dernieres Oeuvres de Matisse’ celebrating his last works and published posthumously by Teriade in Paris in 1958.
The lithographs are in stunning condition, were produced on cream wove paper and are becoming extremely scarce.
Publisher: Teriade, Paris. Printer: Mourlot Atelier, Paris
Catalogue Raisonne Duthuit 139. Freitag 6231
Photogravures produced by the artist in 1949 from original charcoal drawings. These were included alongside his iconic pochoir designs in the volume of the French portfolio Verve 35-36, ‘Dernieres Oeuvres de Matisse’ celebrating his last works.
The work was printed by Draeger Freres on cream wove paper and published posthumously by Teriade in Paris in 1958.
The lithographs are in stunning condition and are becoming extremely scarce.
Publisher: Teriade, Paris
Printer: Draeger Freres
Catalogur Raisonne Duthuit 139. Freitag 6231
Rare Exhibition Poster
Superb and rare lithographic poster for an exhibition of Matisse large 'cut-outs' held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in1961.
In superb condition and measuring 68 x 48cm.
A rare and stunning linocut, produced by the artist in 1938, on wove paper, from an unsigned edition of approximately 1500 published for ‘XXe Siecle No 4’.
Portrait of Alexina “Teeny” Matisse, the wife of Matisse’s youngest son Pierre who was an art dealer. Teeny was the subject of several portrait sketches by her father-in-law Henri Matisse in 1938. After her separation from Pierre Teeny later moved to New York and married Marcel Duchamp in 1954.
The full sheet measures 305 x 230mm (12 x 9in)
Referenced in the catalogue of his work (Duthuit 723)
Mounted and framed to museum standards