Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

Matisse was a Collagist, Draughtsman, Sculptor and Painter. He is celebrated for his use of colour and expressive, graphic style. Matisse was the leader of the Fauvism movement, a short lived yet significant era in art.
Born to a wealthy grain merchant in Le Cateau-Cambresis, North France, Matisse started his career training to become a lawyer. Whilst convalescing with an appendicitis, he asked his mother to buy him a box of paints to eliminate his boredom. In 1891 he abandoned the law and returned to Paris to become a professional artist. He studied at Academie Julian and started by painting landscapes and still life in the traditional style. In 1895 Matisse discovered the delights of the coast of Brittany, where he met fellow painter John Russell.

Matisse was introduced to Impressionism and the work of Van Gogh and later Camille Pissarro. As a result, Matisse began to change his style; his colours became bolder and formed a vehicle for describing light and space. Matisse led the Fauves (Wild Beasts) during the period of 1904 – 1908; a group that included the artists Raoul Dufy and Georges Braque. Their spontaneous response to nature was expressed in bold, brushstrokes and designed to exploit the potential of colour. In 1906 Matisse met Picasso. At first, they did not like each other’s work, but through their years of friendship, there developed something of a creative dialog; intelligently challenging and provoking each other.

In 1941, Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and confined to his wheelchair. His creativity was not diminished and he began “painting with scissors.” This new wave of making was not a compromise. In fact, Matisse refers to it as: “only what I created after the illness constitutes my real self: free, liberated.”

  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Name of the art: Lithograph PosterMedium: LithographDescription: From Mourlot’s original poster folio, printed single sided on wove at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris in 1959. The Atelier Mourlot was the most famous lithography print shop of the 20th Century, famous for printing the lithographs, posters and books alongside other famous artists such as Picasso, Chagall and Miro.Signed and dated by artist in the plateYear: 1959Size: 10″ x 8″ (image size)UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Formes (Forms)Medium: LithographDescription: This lithograph is from Jazz, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text.Edition: LimitedYear: 1983Size: 42.1 x 65.3 cmUnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Blue TorsoMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Les CodomasMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Monsieur LoyalMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Pierrots FuneralMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The CircusMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The ClownMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The CowboyMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The Horse, the Rider and the ClownMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The LagoonMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The Lagoon IIMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The ShotMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    The Swimmer in the AquariumMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    TobogganMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    White TorsoMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Nightmare of the White ElephantMedium: LithographDescription: Jazz, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text. Our lithographs are from this suite.Year: 1983UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Flowers with two RemorquesMedium: Original Etching on Arches paper with no margins, an unsigned (as normal) proofDescription: This was published in a book entitled “Poesies” by Stephen Mallard in 1932. The work had 29 etchings by Henri Matisse. The published, Albert Skira, had already had a great success in workingwith Picasso on “Les Metamorphoses d’ovide” and turned to Matisse for his second publication. Matisse was fairly new to book illustrator at this period and this was his first work where he needed to illustrate a number of poems in an artistic way. The illustrations were de- signed to complement rather then enhance the poetry. Matisse concentrated on what he did best: woman – her beauty , whether nude or adorned, her hair, her jewels.Edition: of 145Unsigned (as normal) proofYear: 1932Size: 33.3 x 25 cms (Paper size)UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Femme de Face avec RemorquesMedium: Original Etching on Arches paper with no margins, an unsigned (as normal) proofDescription: This was published in a book entitled “Poesies” by Stephen Mallard in 1932. The work had 29 etchings by Henri Matisse. The published, Albert Skira, had already had a great success in workingwith Picasso on “Les Metamorphoses d’ovide” and turned to Matisse for his second publication. Matisse was fairly new to book illustrator at this period and this was his first work where he needed to illustrate a number of poems in an artistic way. The illustrations were de- signed to complement rather then enhance the poetry. Matisse concentrated on what he did best: woman – her beauty , whether nude or adorned, her hair, her jewels.Edition: of 145Unsigned (as normal) proofYear: 1932Size: 33.3 x 25 cms (Paper size)UnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

    Icare (Icarus)Medium: LithographDescription: This lithograph is from Jazz, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful illustrated books of this century. A special edition of Jazz was published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colours, this publication faithfully reproduced the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist’s hand-drawn French text.Edition: LimitedYear: 1983Size: 42.1 x 65.3 cmUnframedPrice on Application
  • Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

    Blue Nude IMedium: PrintSigned in the printFramedPrice on Application