Henri Matisse - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York

  • Literature

    Claude Duthuit books 22
    Benedikt Taschen, Henri Matisse Gouaches découpées, 1994 (cover image)
    Olivier Berggruen, Drawing with Scissors - Masterpieces from the Late Years, 2002, p. 40

  • Catalogue Essay

    Drawing with Scissors. To cut to the quick in color reminds me of the direct cutting of sculptors. This book was conceived in the same spirit.

    The images presented by these lively and violent prints came from crystallizations of memories of the circus, of popular tales or of travel. Henri Matisse writings from Jazz.

    The Museum of Modern Art, New York, also has a proof copy of this image without text which was given to them by the artist (along with the entire suite of Jazz). The cut-out gouache and paper maquette for this and the other Jazz images are in the Centre Pompidou, Paris and on view in Henri Matisse The Cut-Outs at the Museum of Modern Art from October 12, 2014-February 9, 2015.

  • Artist Biography

    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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L'Avaleur de sabres (Sword Swallower), plate 13, for Jazz

Pochoir in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins,
I. 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (39.4 x 29.8 cm)
S. 25 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (64.8 x 41.9 cm)

a rare unfolded proof without text on the left side, aside from the unfolded edition of 100 and folded edition of 250, printed by Edmond Vairel, published by Tériade, Paris, framed.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 28 October 2014 11am & 5:30pm