Henri Matisse - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, September 12, 2019 | Phillips
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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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Lithograph, on Marais paper, with full margins, the sheet folded (as issued).
I. 28 x 16 cm (11 x 6 1/4 in.)
folded S. 32.4 x 24.8 cm (12 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
unfolded S. 32.4 x 49.6 cm (12 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.)

Signed and numbered 54/200 in pencil, from the deluxe signed edition (the total edition was 1150, there were also 22 artist's proofs), created for the gala program Sainte Catherine 1946 organised by the newspaper Ce Soir to benefit La Maison de la Midinette at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris, framed.

£5,000 - 7,000 ‡♠

Sold for £6,000

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 12 September 2019