Henri Matisse, ‘Pasiphaé (Duthuit Book 38 and 38bis)’, Sotheby's
Henri Matisse, ‘Pasiphaé (Duthuit Book 38 and 38bis)’, Sotheby's
Henri Matisse, ‘Pasiphaé (Duthuit Book 38 and 38bis)’, Sotheby's
Henri Matisse, ‘Pasiphaé (Duthuit Book 38 and 38bis)’, Sotheby's
Henri Matisse, ‘Pasiphaé (Duthuit Book 38 and 38bis)’, Sotheby's

1944, a posthumous edition printed in 1981, numbered 40 on the justification page and each sheet numbered 40/100 in pencil, loose (as issued), on BFK Rives wove paper, with excerpts from H. de Montherlant's text of the same name and a preface by Dominique Bozo, printed by Fequet et Baudier, Paris, with the blindstamp of the publisher, the estate of the artist, Paris, contained in the original paper wrappers, paper-covered boards and slipcase (90 prints).

sheets: 325 by 250 mm 12 3/4 by 9 7/8 in
overall: 350 by 270 by 98 mm 13 3/4 by 10 5/8 by 3 7/8 in

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