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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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Les Lettres Portugaises (Portuguese Letters) (D. 15)

The complete book of 15 lithographs in brown, and 58 ornamental lithograph illustrations in purple, on Arches paper, folded (as issued), with text by Marianna Alcaforado, title page and justification, within the original paper boards, all contained in the original beige card slipcase.
book 11 x 8 5/8 x 1 3/4 in. (27.9 x 21.9 x 4.4 cm)
slipcase 11 3/8 x 9 x 2 in. (28.9 x 22.9 x 5.1 cm)

Signed in blue ink and numbered 85 (printed) on the justification page, from the edition of 250 (there were also 10 hors commerce in Roman numerals), published by Tériade, Paris.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,300

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