Henri Matisse - Evening & Day Editions London Monday, June 14, 2021 | Phillips

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  • 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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Le Signe de Vie (The Sign of Life) (D. 13)

Lithograph, on BFK Rives paper watermarked Bordas, with full margins, the sheet bound (as issued) contained as the frontispiece in the complete volume Le Signe de Vie by Tristan Tzara, with six further printed illustrations by Matisse throughout, within the original printed wrappers.
25.4 x 18.1 x 1.3 cm (10 x 7 1/8 x 1/2 in.)
The lithograph signed by Matisse in pencil, further signed by the author in ink and stamp-numbered '219' on the justification, from the edition of 500 (there were also 30 in Roman numerals, and 10 on Auvergne lettered A-J), published by Bordas, Paris.

£2,000 - 3,000 ‡♠

Sold for £2,268

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 14 - 15 June 2021