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Henri Matisse and Fernand Mourlot, 1952

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Artist: Henri Matisse French (1869-1954)

Plate: MP. 38

Title: Exposition de Dessins
Exhibition of drawings, Gallery Maeght
Description: Condition A. Lithograph
from the "Affiches Originales" series.
Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959.
Signed in the plate.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 9 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in
  23.5 cm x 32 cm
Price: $175.00 USD Now $95

"Matisse’s interest in studies of the figure was always that of expressing the spatial ‘presence’ of the form. The arrangement of limbs and torso was a way of creating planes and depth in the manner of sculpture. At the same time he wanted to capture the contrasting emotional quality inherent in the model, either through settings or through texture."(Weston) Beneath his name, done in his own hand-written text, we see an image of a ballet dancer, a favorite subject of Matisse, holding an announcement for an exhibition of his drawings at the famed Galerie Maeght in Paris, 1945.

During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed most of the "original" posters of the most important artists of the day. In 1959 they printed the series "Affiches Originales" for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the "original" posters created by the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.

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