Mille et une Nuit, 1951

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Mille et une Nuit, 1951

Henri Matisse - Mille et une Nuit, 1951


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  • Lithograph
  • Artwork size: 31.2 x 82.5 cm
  • Unnumbered edition of unknown size
  • Printed for the scarce "Sur Quatre Murs" issue of Derriere le Miroir (number 36-37-38) and published by Maeght, Paris
  • Signed in the plate
  • Unframed; this work was issued as a folded sheet with two center folds; no apparent condition issues

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Henri Matisse

The artist’s expressive use of colour and decorative pattern confirms him as a key figure in modern art. We love how Matisse used colour to denote expression, and how through his art he ultimately aimed to “create a soothing, calming influence on the mind”. A large portion of his work is defined by his bold and uncompromising colour palette. Matisse attributes this to his trip to a small fishing village in Provence, where the bright light of Southern France inspired an entirely new direction in his work. While working in a law firm, Matisse began to take drawing classes before work. This is where his love for painting was nurtured, and in 1921 Matisse moved to Paris to train full time. Matisse’s lifelong career can be defined in stages, from the Fauvism of the early twentieth century, to his more relaxed style of the 1920’s, and finally the cut out work completed later in life when he was too frail to paint. After finishing his last painting in 1951, Matisse used the cut-out method until his death in 1954.  Matisse’s work is held in the collections of a variety of international galleries, and he has received a variety of retrospectives in his honour. These include a retrospective exhibition at The Grand Palais in 1970, another retrospective of his works at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1992-93, and a show dedicated to his cut-outs at the Tate Modern in 2014.

Mille et une Nuit, 1951

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