Henri Matisse, ‘. . . DORS, DORMEUSE AUX aLONGS CILS . . . (p. 39; variant II)’, 1981, Galerie d'Orsay

A superb impression of the definitive state from the edition of 100, numbered in pencil in the lower left corner of the sheet (there were 25 additional impressions numbered in Roman numerals, for an overall edition of 125). One of forty-one full page linocut plates (apart from the cover also created in linocut) illustrating the Henry de Montherlant text "Chant de Minos (Les Crétois)." The impressions were printed from the artist's original linoleum blocks by Marthe Fequet and Pierre Baudier, Paris, and published by Les hétitiers de l'artiste in the album Pasiphaé/Chant de Minos, Vol. I, Paris, 1981.

Series: 36/100

Signature: Bearing the artist's estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right.

Publisher: Les hétitiers de l'artiste

Claude Duthuit no. 38 bis.

About Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was a leading figure of Fauvism and, along with Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the modern era. In his paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, Matisse experimented with vivid colors, Pointillist techniques, and reduced, flat shapes. “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter,” he once said; his subjects of choice included nudes, dancers, still lifes, and interior scenes. Matisse’s animated brushwork and seemingly arbitrary application of bright colors, as in Woman with a Hat (1905), would prove foundational to Fauvism, while his similarly radical The Red Studio (1911) was a seminal, nearly monochromatic study in perspective. Later in life, physically debilitated, Matisse would turn to making bold, cut-paper collages. He has influenced a wide range of important 20th-century painters, from Hans Hofmann and Milton Avery to Tom Wesselmann and David Hockney.

French, 1869-1954, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, based in Paris and Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France