Henri Matisse Figurative Print - Circe
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Henri Matisse
Circe

1935

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This piece is an original soft-ground etching by Henri Matisse, done in 1935. This image was created to illustrate James Joyce's "Ulysses", which is based on Greek mythologies. However, Matisse admitted that he never actually read "Ulysses" and based his etchings on Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey". This piece is hand signed and numbered 52/150 as a part of the Deluxe Edition of 6 etchings, all hand signed and numbered from the edition of 150. The image measures 10.5 x 8 inches, the sheet measures 16.25 x 12.5 inches and the framed dimensions are 30.5 x 26.5 inches.

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    Chatsworth, CA
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    LU56132947833
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About Henri Matisse (Artist)

Whether working as a draftsman, a sculptor, a printmaker or a painter Henri Matisse was a master of color. Although classically trained at the Académie Julian, in Paris, he quickly abandoned traditional techniques and genres to pioneer a style all his own, marked by quick, gestural strokes and fluid contours.


     Along with fellow painter André Derain, Matisse was the leading proponent of Fauvism, a movement whose name is derived from the French word for "wild beast.” Marked by vibrant hues, Fauvist paintings like Matisse’s famous 1906 composition Le Bonheur de vivre, use wild, active brushstrokes and a palette unconstrained by nature, resulting in women with purple skin and trees with orange leaves. Often, these compositions unite pure color with the white of exposed canvas to create a sense of transparency and light.


     In addition to masterful landscapes and still lifes, Matisse loved to paint erotic subjects, particularly the female nude. Rejecting strict realism, he distilled the form into its essential parts and then translated these into voluptuous, rounded contours. In pictures like the lithograph Nu Bleu, he explored the expressive power of a body in motion by placing his figures in twisted or conrtorted poses, transforming their limbs into tangles of color and shape that pushfigure painting toward abstraction.

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