1987 Original Henri Matisse Exhibition Poster, Atelier Mourlot Cut Outs

Date: 1987
Size: 22 x 30 inches
Notes: Poster, unlined
Artist: Matisse, Henri

About The Poster: A colourful exhibition poster from one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, designed for the 1987 exhibition on Atelier Mourlot - the Parisian print shop responsible for hundreds of lithographs produced in France. Due to health reasons, Matisse stopped painting in the 1940s and turned almost exclusively to cut-outs as his medium of artistic expression. He "would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes—from the vegetal to the abstract—which he then arranged into lively compositions, striking for their play with color and contrast, their exploitation of decorative strategies, and their economy of means." (MoMA)

About the Artist: Henri Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.