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Poésies

A work made of book with letterpress in black and red and 29 etchings in black on cream wove japanese vellum, bound in brown leather and brown paperboard cover with gold stamped spine.
© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of book with letterpress in black and red and 29 etchings in black on cream wove japanese vellum, bound in brown leather and brown paperboard cover with gold stamped spine.

Date:

1932

Artist:

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
written by Stéphane Mallarmé (French, 1842-1898), selected by Matisse
plates printed by Roger Lacourière (French, 1892-1966)
text printed by Léon Pichon (French, 1876–1956)
published by Albert Skira & Cie. (Swiss, founded 1928)

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

Poésies

Origin

France

Date

Published 1932

Medium

Book with letterpress in black and red and 29 etchings in black on cream wove Japanese vellum, bound in brown leather and brown paperboard cover with gold stamped spine

Inscriptions

Signed and inscribed on half title page, verso center, in pen and black ink: “26 / Henri Matisse”

Dimensions

340 × 260 × 34 mm (closed)

Credit Line

Lt. Col. A. Peter Dewey Memorial

Reference Number

1946.1043.30

Copyright

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

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