Artist: Henri Matisse French (1869-1954)
Title: The Sculpture of Matisse
Plate: MP. 46
from the "Affiches Originales" series.
Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959.
Signed in the plate.
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.
Sheet Size: 9 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in 23.5 cm x 32 cm
This composition is one of the finest of the lithographs made by the Mourlot Studio from Matisse's designs using cut-paper shapes for use as posters. Matisse made the maquette with a collage of cut-paper shapes and with brush-drawing in indian ink for the head... lettering was added to announce the exhibition of Matisse's sculpture at the Tate Gallery London in January 1953. This was then translated onto stone at the Mourlot studio.
"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.