Henri Matisse
Nu Au Coussin Bleu
1924

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

This piece is an original lithograph by Henri Matisse, done in 1924. It is hand signed in pencil and numbered 5/50 from the edition of 50 on Arches vellum. There are also 2 state proofs, 5 test proofs, and 10 artist proofs. The sheet measures 29.5 x 22 inches and the framed dimensions are 37 x 30.5 inches. This piece is referenced as number 442 in "Henri Matisse: L'oeuvre Grave, Vol. II" by Claude Duthuit.

Pieces from this edition have been exhibited at:

1966, UCLA
1970, Pully
1972, Londres, V. et A. Museum
1978, New York
1981, Tokyo-Kyoto
1982, Fribourg

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    29.5 in. H x 22 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU56131704593

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2017

Typical response time: 13 hours

Located in Los Angeles, CA

More from this Seller

Le Saltimbanque au Repos from La Suite des Saltimbanques
Le Saltimbanque au Repos from La Suite des Saltimb...
Pablo Picasso
Drypoint
This piece is an original drypoint by Pablo Picasso, originally done in 1905 and printed in 1913. It is from the early series of Picasso engravings, entitled "La Suite des Saltimbanque...
Femme nu de dos from the Nudes Portfolio
Femme nu de dos from the Nudes Portfolio
Salvador Dalí
Engraving, Lithograph
This piece is a lithograph from the original drawing by Salvador Dali, done in 1970. It is from Dali's series entitled "Nudes", which consists of 8 lithographs from original drawings. I...
The Obsequies for Clorinda from Marquis de Sade
The Obsequies for Clorinda from Marquis de Sade
Salvador Dalí
Lithograph
This piece is a lithograph from the original gouache by Salvador Dali, done in 1969. It was created for Dali's series entitled "The Marquis de Sade", which consists of 25 lithographs. ...
Tattooed Woman
Tattooed Woman
Andy Warhol
Lithograph
This piece is an offset lithograph in orange on green paper created by Andy Warhol circa 1955. Warhol used this piece as a business calling card in his early years as an illustrator. ...
Frontispiece from Les Ateliers de Chagall
Frontispiece from Les Ateliers de Chagall
Marc Chagall
Lithograph
This piece is an original lithograph by Marc Chagall. It was created in 1976 as the frontispiece for the series "Les Atelier de Chagall", with text by Robert Marteau. This series, for...
The Death of Clorinda from Marquis de Sade
The Death of Clorinda from Marquis de Sade
Salvador Dalí
Lithograph
This piece is a lithograph from the original gouache by Salvador Dali, done in 1969. It was created for Dali's series entitled "The Marquis de Sade", which consists of 25 lithographs. ...
Nu au Visage
Nu au Visage
Marc Chagall
Lithograph
This piece is an original lithograph by Marc Chagall, created in November of 1983. It is hand signed and numbered from the edition of 50 on Arches wove paper, plus 12 black artist proo...
Joy
Joy
Marc Chagall
Lithograph
This piece is an original color lithograph by Marc Chagall, done in 1980. It was created as one of fourteen lithographs from the collection "The Fourteen Large Lithographs of 1980", whi...
Magic Flight
Magic Flight
Marc Chagall
Lithograph
This piece is an original color lithograph by Marc Chagall, done in 1980. It was created as one of fourteen lithographs from the collection "The Fourteen Large Lithographs of 1980", whi...
Plate 8 from In the Land of the Gods
Plate 8 from In the Land of the Gods
Marc Chagall
Lithograph
This piece is an original lithograph by Marc Chagall, done in 1967. It was created as a part of a series of illustrations for the book "In the Land of the Gods", which consists of 12 o...
The Departure
The Departure
Pablo Picasso
Lithograph
This piece is an original lithograph by Pablo Picasso done in 1951. It is hand signed and is one of 5 Artist Proofs aside from the edition of 50. This is an example of the 10th and fi...
Le Creuset philosophal from Alchimie des Philosophes
Le Creuset philosophal from Alchimie des Philosoph...
Salvador Dalí
Engraving, Lithograph
This piece is a mixed media print from an original gouache by Salvador Dali, done in 1975. It is printed with lithography, etching and silkscreen. It is from Dali's series entitled "A...