Henri Matisse, ‘Mlle M.M, Frontispiece, from: Fifty Drawings’, 1920, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original etching is hand signed in black ink by the artist "Henri Matisse" at the lower right margin.
The work is from the edition of 1,000 published alongside 50 reproductions of the artist’s drawings with text in French by Charles Vildrac.
It was printed by Victor Jacquemin, Paris on 18th September 1920 and published by the artist.

Literature: Duthuit, C. (1988). Henri Matisse: Catalogue Raisonné des ouvrages illustrés. Paris: Galerie Maeght Lelong.
Reference: Duthuit Books 2

Condition: Very good condition. Areas of foxing in the margins.

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