Florilège des amours de Ronsard (Anthology of Love, by Ronsard)

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    Henri Matisse

    French • 1869 - 1954

    The leading figure of the Fauvist movement at the turn of the 20th century, Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the giant of modern art alongside friend and rival Pablo Picasso. Working as a painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor for over five decades, he radically challenged traditional conventions in art by experimenting with vivid colors, flat shapes and distilled line. Rather than modeling or shading to lend volume to his pictures, the French artist employed contrasting areas of unmodulated color. Heavily influenced by the art and visual culture of non-Western cultures, his subjects ranged from nudes, dancers, odalisques, still lifes and interior scenes and later evolved into the graphic semi-abstractions of his cut-outs of his late career. 

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Florilège des amours de Ronsard (Anthology of Love, by Ronsard)

1949
The incomplete book, lacking pages 99-102 (including one lithograph), comprising 127 lithographs printed in sepia, 27 hors-texte, 98 en-texte and two for the covers, on Arches paper, with the accompanying text in French, title page and justification, the loose sheet folded (as issued), contained in the original paper covered boards, with purple suede spine and slipcase with lithographic paper wrapper.
40.3 x 30.5 cm (15 7/8 x 12 in.)
Signed by the artist and the publisher in black and blue ink respectively on the justification, copy number 282 from the edition of 300 (there were also 20 hors commerce copies), published by Albert Skira, Paris.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 ‡ ♠

sold for £13,750

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London Auction 19 January 2017