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Henri Matisse, Etudes
 
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TITLE:  Etudes
ARTIST:  Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)
WORK DATE:  1932
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  Etching in black on grey/tan Chine-collé on heavy cream wove
MARKINGS:  Signed and titled in pencil lower right
STYLE:  Modern
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GALLERY:  Harris Schrank Fine Prints  +1-212-662-1234  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Reference: Duthuit Books p. 33 (Studies for Matisse’s illustration designs for Stéphane Mallarmé’s Poésies). In very good condition, the full sheet, 9 1/2 x 5 1/2, the sheet 14 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches.

A fine impression of this rare page of studies. The sheet consists of a half-dozen nudes in various degrees of definition, and two portraits at the lower left, one a face, the other a woman in a hat and dress with a fan (in the final book the woman with the fan is featured alone in a similar posture, but in reverse).

Poetry was an important source of inspiration for Matisse, and for years he maintained the practice of reading poetry early each day before he raised a paint brush, pencil or etching needle. In his lifetime he produced a number of illustrated books which were known as “livre d’artiste” (artist’s book); Poésies, of 1932, with mythologically inspired images based on texts by Stéphane Mallarmé, was his first such venture.
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