A Few Sonnets: Frontispiece, plate 24 from Poesies de Mallarmé

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid japanese vellum.
© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid japanese vellum.

Date:

1932

Artist:

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
written by Stéphane Mallarmé (French, 1842-1898)
printed by Roger Lacourière (French, 1892-1966)
published by Albert Skira (Swiss, 1904-1973)

About this artwork

Matisse’s first livre d’artiste (artist’s book), Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé (Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé) was the second publication produced by Albert Skira. The first was Pablo Picasso’s illustrations for Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Les Métamorphoses), published the year before. Both series use the simple power of the etched line to suggest volume and movement. In the case of Matisse, he avoided heavy shading so as not to detract from the ethereality of Mallarmé’s poetry. While inspired by the poems, Matisse’s prints stand alone as works of art and call upon some of his most iconic imagery: flowers, nudes, and portraits.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henri Matisse

Title

A Few Sonnets: Frontispiece, plate 24 from Poesies de Mallarmé

Origin

France

Date

1932

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid Japanese vellum

Dimensions

320 × 240 mm (image); 332 × 251 mm (sheet/plate mark not visible)

Credit Line

Lt. Col. A. Peter Dewey Memorial

Reference Number

1946.1043.24

Copyright

© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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