Henri Matisse - Evening Editions London Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Art Institute of Chicago, Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917, 2012, illustrated p.189

  • Literature

    Claude Duthuit 345
    The Art Institute of Chicago, Graphic Modernism - Selections from the Francey and Dr. Martin L. Gecht Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago, 2003, illustrated p. 95

  • Catalogue Essay

    From late 1913 to early 1917, Matisse entered a period of prolific printmaking, which included the creation of monotypes, the first and only time of his career he worked in this medium. These prints reflected the everyday world around him, including scenes from the studio and portraits of family and friends. Accounts from those close to him recall that he often executed these prints during breaks from painting sessions – presumably the immediacy and directness of the medium was a welcome relief from the arduous development of his paintings and offered the artist an opportunity to work through ideas quickly and concisely. The monotypes created during this period explore composition and subject shared with ongoing paintings from this time, revealing insights into the artist’s working process.

  • 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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Jeune femme devant une table garnie de fruits

Unique monotype, on vélin Tochon-Lepage paper, with full margins,
I. 12.8 x 18.8 cm (5 x 7 3/8 in);
S. 27 x 34.2 cm (10 5/8 x 13 1/2 in)

signed and annotated 'monotype' in pencil, very minor time staining and surface soiling in the margins, otherwise in very good condition, framed.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £34,850

Evening Editions

27 February 2013