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This original etching is stamped with the artist's initials "HM" at the lower right margin.
The work is also stamped numbered "7/25"next to the signature.
This etching was printed in a limited edition of 25 stamped impressions. A further few artist's proofs and trials were realised aside the regular edition.
None of them were ever hand signed by the artist.
Our impression comes from the Henri Matisse family collection.
Provenance: The Matisse Family collection
Literature: Duthuit Claude, 1983, Henri Matisse: Catalogue Raisone de L'Oeuvre Grav'e, Paris.
Reference: Duthuit 307
Condition: Very Good Condition.
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
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