HENRI MATISSE 1869-1954
(Emile BenoÃ®t) Le Cateau-CambrÃ©sis 1869-1954 Nice (French)
Title: Sharp Mask / Masque Aigu, 1948
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint on Rives BFK paper
Paper Size: 55.9 x 38.1 cm / 22 x 15 in
Plate size: 34.7 x 24.7 cm / 13.6 x 9.7 in
Additional Information: This original Aquatint is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Henri Matisse" at the lower right margin.
The work is also hand numbered in pencil "14/25"in the lower right margin.
This aquatint was printed in a small limited edition of 25 signed and numbered impressions. There were a few artist's proofs and trial proofs made aside the regular edition.
The paper bears the Rives BFK watermark at the lower right corner.
Note: Later in life, Matisse created highly simplified portraits using a thick brush and black ink, largely influenced by oriental calligraphy. To translate this effect to print between 1946 and 1952, he created a group of about 50 aquatints. While aquatint is traditionally used to add shade, depth and tone to a primary printing method like etching, Matisse employed the technique in an exclusively painterly fashion, using broad, bold, brushstrokes to give the basic compositional elements of his subject.
Literature: Claude Duthuit. 1983. Henri Matisse: Catalogue Raisone de L'Oeuvre Grave, Paris.
Reference: Duthuit 791