Size: 15.5 x 20 inches
Artist: Matisse, Henri
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. 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.