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Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)


These lithographs, produced at the end of the artist's life, are full of colour and act as a summary of some of the most important themes of Matisse's art. They were produced with the virtuoso printers Mourlot Frères, one of the main lithographic studios of Paris, who printed them between 1954 and 1958 under Matisse's supervision. They are the only edition of lithographs by Matisse, in approximately 2,000 unsigned copies, to reproduce his celebrated pochoir designs and were incorporated into a volume of the French portfolio Verve, celebrating the last works of Matisse. The lithographic plates were erased after the edition was printed.

These last works were completed from a wheelchair and colour and design reached their apotheosis in them. The original pochoirs upon which these lithographs are based were compositions constructed from pieces of cut-out paper painted with gouache and glued down onto a backing sheet. They were re-workings of motifs from Matisse's large-format canvases and have become - like his paintings - icons of modern art.

Following on from his great mural designs, such as La Danse produced for the Barnes Foundation between 1931 and 1933, he began to experiment with his first gouache decoupee. After the war he settled in Nice and, following two serious operations for cancer, he began to discover ways of working from his bed. His collage decorations were the last flowering of Matisse's art, including the famous series of Blue Nudes and The Snail (1952-1953, Tate Modern, London).

All prints are in excellent condition with fresh colours printed on cream wove paper, within conservation mounts. From the only edition of lithographs by Matisse printed under his supervision by Mourlot to reproduce his celebrated pochoir designs and last works. The lithographic plates were erased after the edition was printed.



Henri Matisse. Lierre en Fleur




Lierre En Fleur
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
signed and dated in the stone
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

£650 (within white frame)



Henri Matisse. La Negresse




La Negresse
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 53cm. (sheet)

£400 (unframed)



Henri Matisse. Rosace




Rosace
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

£300 (unframed)



Henri Matisse. Decoration Masques




Décoration Masques
Lithograph in panel form after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
signed and dated in the stone
35.5 x 79.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD



Henri Matisse. Decorations Fruits




Décoration aux Fruits
Lithograph in panel form after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 79.5cm. (sheet)

£650 (within white frame)



Henri Matisse. Nu Blu




Nu Bleu
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD



Henri Matisse. Bateau




Bâteau
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD



Henri Matisse. Trstesse du Roi




Vigne
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

£450 (framed)



Henri Matisse. Trstesse du Roi




Poissons Chinois
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
signed and dated in the stone
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

£400 (within mount)



Henri Matisse. Trstesse du Roi




Gerbe
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
signed and dated in the stone
35.5 x 53cm. (sheet)

SOLD



Henri Matisse. Trstesse du Roi




Tristesse du Roi
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 53cm. (sheet)

SOLD


Henri Matisse. Baigneuse dans les Roseaux




Baigneuse dans les Roseaux
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 53cm. (sheet)

SOLD


Henri Matisse. Lierre




Lierre
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD


Henri Matisse. Nu Bleu VII




Nu Bleu VII
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
initialled in the stone
1954-1958
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD


Henri Matisse. Nu Bleu V

Nu Bleu V (Nu Bleu aux bas verts)
Lithograph after pochoir
printed by Mourlot Frères
1954-1958
35.5 x 26.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD


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