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Small Light Woodcut

A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.
© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1906

Artist:

Henri Matisse
French, 1869-1954

About this artwork

Small Light Woodcut is one of three woodcuts Matisse made during the winter of 1906, while he painted his early Fauve masterpiece Joy of Life, 1905-06 (Barnes Foundation). Matisse may have produced prints like Small Light Woodcutas a way of explaining graphically the new aesthetic exemplified by the Joy of Life and other Fauvist works. The prints were exhibited in Paris concurrently with the painting, which suggests the importance that Matisse ascribed to them.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henri Matisse

Title

Small Light Woodcut

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1906

Medium

Woodcut in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 35.2 × 27 cm (13 7/8 × 10 11/16 in.); Sheet: 46 × 29 cm (18 1/8 × 11 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William N. Eisendrath

Reference Number

1940.1049

Copyright

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

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