Henri Matisse Figurative Print - MASQUE DE JEUNE GARCON (Mask of a Young Boy)
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Henri Matisse
MASQUE DE JEUNE GARCON (Mask of a Young Boy)

1945

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Original etching printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the Arches script watermark. Signed and dated in the plate lower left Matisse / 45 A fine impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 25 stamp numbered in the margin lower right, (there was one trial proof and six artist’s proofs printed at the same time in 1966), also bearing the artist’s monogram stamp in the margin lower right. Catalog: Duthuit-Matisse 268; Fribourg 344; Duthuit Illustrated Books 12. 13 15/16 x 10 15/16 inches Sheet Size: 20 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with full margins. This etching was commissioned by Marguerite and Jacques Maret, founders of the bibliographic society Le Gerbier, Paris, in 1945 to be part of an album titled Alternance which was comprised of sixteen etchings by Jean-Emilé Laboureur, Edouard Goerg, Jean Cocteau, Marie Laurencin, André Lhote, Hermine David, H. de Waroquier, Jacques Villon, Valentine Hugo, J.G. Daragnès, Dignimont, R. Lotiron, Pierre Dubreuil, Roger Vuillard, Jacques Maret, in addition to Matisse. There was a second, much smaller, stamp signed and numbered edition published in 1966 from which this impression comes.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with full margins.
  • Dimensions
    H 20.875 in. x W 15.75 in.H 53.03 cm x W 40.01 cm
  • Gallery Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    G13120691507
  • Seller Reference Number
    23978
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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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