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Henri Matisse and Fernand Mourlot, 1952
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Artist: Henri Matisse French (1869-1954)

Plate: MP. 42

Title: Henri Matisse
Description: Condition A. Lithograph
from the "Affiches Originales" series.
Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 9 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in
  23.5 cm x 32 cm
Price: $175.00 USD

"This lithograph poster is one of the most important designs which Matisse made using the system of a cut-paper maquette subsequently transferred to lithograph stone (by Mourlot to create the poster). It was created in 1950 by Matisse for his exhibition at the 'Maison de la Pensée Francaise'. The form of the face was a collage of cut-paper to which Matisse added his own hand-written text and also a text created from cutout letters. The maquette was then taken to the Mourlot studio where it was transferred to lithography.

"The abstracted simplicity of form and the flat areas of colour pattern which Matisse created with collages of paper during the period at the beginning of the 1950's mark one of the most inspired moments in his career as an artist. Rhythms of colour used in a manner which went far beyond the merely visual had been a vital element of his art from some 25 years earlier. However it was in the period of the 'cut-paper' compositions that he was able to see a way of taking them even further into the area of an independent non-descriptive, effectively abstract, role... All the prints from this 'cut-paper' period were created by Matisse making a 'maquette', which was then transferred to lithographic stones at the studio of Mourlot." (Weston)

During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed most of the "original" posters of the most important artists of the day. In 1959 they printed the series "Affiches Originales" for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the "original" posters created by the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.

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