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(Emile Benoît) Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869-1954 Nice (French)
Title: The Swimmer in the Aquarium, from: Jazz La Nageuse dans l’aquarium, 1947
Technique: Pochoir in Colours on Arches Wove Paper
Paper size: 42 x 65 cm. / 16.5 x 25.6 in.
Image size: 40 x 63 cm. / 17.7 x 24.8 in.
Additional Information: This work is the twelfth composition of the twenty pochoir prints that Matisse created for the famous "Jazz" artist book.
The album was printed by Edmond Vairel, text printed by Draeger Freres and it was published by Efstratios Eleftheriades, known as ‘Tériade’ in Paris in September 1947.
It was printed in two editions:
1. 250 copies with a central fold.
2. 100 copies without fold.
None of the impressions were ever signed by Matisse.
Our impression is from the edition of 250.
The paper bears the Arches watermark.
In his 70's when his health no longer permitted him to freely draw or paint, Matisse used scissors to cut out simple forms from brightly coloured paper painted to his specifications with gouache. He then arranged them on another sheet of gouache-painted paper. They were then prepared for printing.
The themes in Jazz often come from the theatre or circus, and are meant to give a sense of improvisation, like Jazz music itself.
None of the original copies were bound, and each of the pages is about 24 inches by 12 inches and folded in the center. Some of the pages have Matisse's text on the left side and an image on the right; other pages, like The Funeral of Pierrot, cover the entire sheet and there is no text.
Literature: Duthuit C. (1983). Henri Matisse: Catalogue Raisonné des ouvrages illustrés établi avec la collaboration de Françoise Garnaud. Paris.
Reference: Duthuit Books 22, illustrated on page 175
Condition: Excellent condition. Very soft creasing along the upper margin.
Seller LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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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