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Henri Matisse -Seated Nude facing left

Henri Matisse Seated Nude facing left

Original Etching,  1932 ,  on Chine appliqué paper laid on Arches,  with margins, an unsigned (as normal) proof.

Published by : Albert Skira et Cie, Editeurs

Edition: 145 

Size:  333 x 250 mms (Paper size ) ;  385 x 300 mms (Image size)

Note: 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 working with Picasso on “Les Metamorphoses d’ovine” 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 designed 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. 

There were 30 plates made by Matisse which were used to print images which were subsequently not used in the publication and this item is one of those. All are noted and illustrated in the Dutoit catalogue raisonee. A limited number of these were made and these have to be considerably rarer then the published versions. This example is plate number VIII refused for “Tristess d’et"

Literature: Claude Duthuit: Catalogue Raisonee des ouvrages illustres: Number 5 - illustrated page 31.

Printed by: Roger Lacouriere, Paris, France in 1932

Provenance: Roger Labourer, Paris (The printer)

Condition: In good condition with very minor foxing