Brassai (Gyula Halasz) (1899 - 1984) - Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)
Title: Hommage, Dessins de Matisse
Work: Monaco, book 1947 4pp + frontispiece + 10 plates after Matisse: A tribute to Matisse offering quality reproductions of 10 drawings. A short introduction by Anne Rouveyre; frontispiece ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH BY LEONOR FINI with 3 poems by Paul Eluard in fascimile manuscript. A 'table of contents' provided in a facsimile letter from Matisse on the 10 drawings: 1/ Tulips; 2/ Bouquet de fleurs variees; 3/ Monique; 4/ Annelise; 5/ La Martinquaise; 6/ Nature morte au chapeau tahitien; 7/ Lydia; 8/ Nu; 9/ Portrait d'Andre Rouveyre [a drawing in chalk on blue paper, with a cover sheet with printing notes in Matisse's hand] and 10/ Portrait d'Apollinaire [also, chalk on blue paper with annotated covering sheet. This copy does have the b/w photo of Matisse by Brassai, showing Matisse sketching, and the accompanying printed green sheet “Photographie Originale de Matisse par Brassai” . The Matisse drawings are in beautiful condition, most signed and dated in the plate. Contents loose as issued in a paper folio. First Edition. Soft Bound.
Edition: Published in a Limited Edition of 1000 Numbered copies (here, 32/1000);
Literature: Brassaï, Les Artistes de ma Vie, Denoêl, 1982. The photographs reproduced on pages 129 and 134 are in this same series showing Matisse in his studio in 1939