Henri Matisse, ‘Florilège des Amours de Ronsard’, 1948, Christie's
Henri Matisse, ‘Florilège des Amours de Ronsard’, 1948, Christie's
Henri Matisse, ‘Florilège des Amours de Ronsard’, 1948, Christie's
Henri Matisse, ‘Florilège des Amours de Ronsard’, 1948, Christie's
Henri Matisse, ‘Florilège des Amours de Ronsard’, 1948, Christie's

Comprising 27 lithographs hors-texte and the remainder en-texte, with title, text in French and justification, signed by the artist and the publisher on the justification, copy 125 from the edition of three hundred (there were also twenty hors-commerce impressions), published by Albert Skira, Paris, the full sheets, loose (as issued), with the lithographic cover, within the original paper-covered boards with purple suede spine and paper-covered slipcase with the lithographic design in blue-black, the spine and slipcase with some staining and wear, the book with the usual pale offsetting, some foxing in places, generally in good condition (book).
400 x 305 x 75 mm. (overall)

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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