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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Sharp Mask

Signed

Title

:

Sharp Mask

Reference

:

Duthuit 791

Date

:

1948

Sheet Size

:

55.9 x 38.1 cm

Subject

:

Portrait

Description

:

HENRI MATISSE 1869-1954
(Emile Benoît) Le Cateau-Cambrésis 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

Condition

:

Excellent condition

Price

:

£8111.92*

Dealer

:

Gilden's Arts, London, UK

+44 (0)20 7435 3340

info@gildensarts.com

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* Approximate price based on current exchange rates

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