1959 Original Henri Matisse Exhibition Poster, Maison de la Pensée Française

Date: 1950
Size: 15.5 x 20 inches
Notes: Poster, Linen Backed, Small
Artist: Matisse, Henri

About The Poster: This poster promotes a 1959 exhibition of the work of Henri Matisse held at the Maison de la Pensée Française. Linen backed and in excellent condition. Printed by Mourlot, this poster was produced in an edition of 700.

"This lithograph poster is one of the most important designs Matisse made using the system of a cut-paper maquette subsequently transferred to lithograph stone (by Mourlot to create the poster). It was created in 1950 by Matisse for his exhibition at the 'Maison de la Pensée Francaise'. The form of the face was a collage of cut-paper to which Matisse added his own hand-written text and a text created from cutout letters. The maquette was then taken to the Mourlot studio where it was transferred to lithography.

"The abstracted simplicity of form and the flat areas of colour pattern which Matisse created with collages of paper during the period at the beginning of the 1950's mark one of the most inspired moments in his career as an artist. Rhythms of colour used in a manner which went far beyond the merely visual had been a vital element of his art from some 25 years earlier. However it was in the period of the 'cut-paper' compositions that he was able to see a way of taking them even further into the area of an independent non-descriptive, effectively abstract, role... All the prints from this 'cut-paper' period were created by Matisse making a 'maquette', which was then transferred to lithographic stones at the studio of Mourlot." William Weston Gallery, Catalogues. Text by William Weston. London.

This poster was printed twice: first in 1950 for the exhibition, and then again in 1959 as a part of the "Affiches Originales" series printed by Mourlot. This copy is from the 1959 edition by Mourlot.