A wonderful illustration by Matisse, created to tell the story of a lovesick Portuguese nun who wrote letters to a French marquis. Matisse drew nearly a hundred illustrations of flowers and fruit to accompany this tale. Lettres d'une religieuse portugaise was published in Paris in 1946 and became popular romantic literature. This is a fine giclée reproduction of the original lithograph, presented in a custom, hand-molded frame.
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.
Established in 1955, MunnWorks is known for its superiorly crafted custom-made frames for fine art and mirrors. Its frames hang in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The company's own holdings include many important works of art by masters of the 20th century, from Dalí to Matisse.