Henri Matisse - 1001 Nights / Elle vit apparaitre pendant la nuit...
Superb & decorative original vintage lithograph with vivid colours and superb chromatics on Arches paper, signed and dated in the plate: H.Matisse l 20 Juin 1950
89 x 42,5 cm
In excellent condition, ready to be hanged.
A rare piece of art in great condition, ready to be hanged in any kind of space.
A Henri Matisse lithograph (French, 1869–1954) titled Thousand and One Nights. The original was produced as a gouache paper collage with brightly painted sheets of paper cut out with long scissors. The piece tells the tale from Arabian Nights and the main character of Scheherazade. The continuing refrain, “elle vit apparaitre le matin/elle se tut discrètement” (“as dawn approached, she discreetly fell silent”) is printed in the upper right corner.
Henri Matisse’s vibrant color palettes, expressive brushstrokes, and flat, graphic forms helped define the aesthetics of Fauvism and the goals of modernism itself. The French artist worked across painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, often focusing on simplified human figures and floral motifs. Matisse occasionally incorporated aspects of classical painting into his practice as he riffed on still lifes and domestic scenes. His work belongs in myriad collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the Guggenheim Museum and has sold for tens of millions on the secondary market. Matisse’s flattened planes and bold colors informed the work of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and many others. His famous rivalry with Picasso spurred both artists to innovate and shape 20th-century painting.