Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Henri Matisse is often regarded as the most important French painter of the 20th century. The leader of the Fauvist movement around 1900, Matisse pursued the expressiveness of color throughout his career. His subjects were largely domestic or figurative, and a distinct Mediterranean verve presides in the treatment.
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The graphics offered here are from an extremely rare wartime portfolio which came to us complete from an agent for the Matisse family. The portfolio, “Matisse DESSINS: Themes et Variations”, was published in Paris, (1943). These original lithographs, (12 ¾ x 9 ½ inches), are from number 647 of an edition of 950. The portfolio consists of 158 images, (drawings) completed in 1941 and 42. There are seventeen themes, both figurative and still life, with several variations on each theme. Each print is signed, dated, with theme and variation number in the plate. Several examples available are shown here.
Lithographs. Dessins:Themes et Variations