An original linocut printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES” watermark. This is a richly printed impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 200 (the overall edition was 250). One of eighteen full page linocut plates (apart from the cover and many designs and illuminations in the text also created in linocut) illustrating the Henry de Montherlant text Pasiphaé: Chant de Minos (Les Crétois). Published by Martin Fabiani, Paris, 1944; printed by Marthe Fequest and Pierre Baudier, Paris, May 20, 1944. Cataloguereference: Claude Duthuit no. 10 II.
Literature regarding this artwork: William S. Liberman, Matisse. 50 Years of His Graphic Art, George Braziller, New York, 1956, pp 144-145; Robert Flynn Johnson, Artist’s Books in the Modern Era 1870 - 2000: The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, 2001, no. 102.
One of the most influential figures of modern art, Henri Matisse was a virtuoso of multiple media and styles. He was the principal founder of Fauvism and, throughout his career, used bold, expressive color that often gives his works a rich surface design. He was also a masterful draftsman, with enchantingly fluid, confident lines. Educated and trained in Paris, Matisse spent most of his life in the South of France.
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