The dramatic black and white image used in this poster is from an
original linocut titled "Mais Soudain le soleil" (But Suddenly
the Sun) Matisse's white line linocuts were one of the great inventions
of 20th century printmaking. Here it is used to great effect to announce
an exhibition of "Recent Works" by Matisse, from 1947 to
1948, to be held at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris during
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.