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Henri Matisse Art

Henri Matisse (France, 1869–1954)

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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Henri Matisse "Blue Nude" Nude
By Henri Matisse
Located in Winterswijk, NL
Blue Nude by Artist Henri Matisse The "Blue Nude" by Matisse from 1952 as a color offset on solid paper, signed and dated in the print. From a series of gouache cuts depicting sitt...
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1950s Abstract Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Danseuse sur un Tabouret - Original Lithograph by Henri Matisse - 1929
By Henri Matisse
Located in Roma, IT
Danseuse sur un Tabouret is a wonderful lithograph realized by Henri Matisse in 1929. It is hand-signed and numbered in pencil on the sheet. Edition of 130 prints. Image Dimensi...
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1920s Modern Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Jazz- Complete Book
By Henri Matisse
Located in Wilton, CT
20 Pochoir plates (15 double-page) reproduce the brilliantly colored cut-out illustrations made by Matisse in the last years of his career. The only publication of which Matisse is b...
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1940s Abstract Henri Matisse Art

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Other Medium

Portrait de Jean-Antoine Nau, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Portrait de Jean-Antoine Nau, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Portrait de Jean-Antoine Nau, from Poesies Antillaises P...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Paraphrase d'un Chant d'Enfant dans le Soir, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Paraphrase d'un Chant d'Enfant dans le Soir, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Paraphrase d'un Chant d'Enfant dans le So...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

La Voix Tintante, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse La Voix Tintante, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: La Voix Tintante, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antill...
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1970s Post-Modern Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

L'Eveil, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse L'Eveil, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: L'Eveil, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 E...
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1970s Post-Modern Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

D'Apres Longus, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse D'Apres Longus, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: D'Apres Longus, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaise...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Rivage, Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Rivage, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Rivage Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition: 250 Framed Size: 31"...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Sur l'Arc Vert, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Sur l'Arc Vert, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Sur l'Arc Vert, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaise...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

En Rade, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse En Rade, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: En Rade, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 E...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Au Coin d'une Rue, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Au Coin d'une Rue, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Au Coin d'une Rue, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Anti...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

L'Image, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse L'Image, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: L'Image, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 E...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

L'Ile Aimee, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse L'Ile Aimee, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: L'Ile Aimee, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Iles, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Iles, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Iles, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

La Petite Ile, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse La Petite Ile, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: La Petite Ile, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises ...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Place Bertin, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Place Bertin, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Place Bertin, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Ye...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Dans la Chaleur et la Silence, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Dans la Chaleur et la Silence, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Dans la Chaleur et la Silence, from Poesies Antillaises...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Nouvelle Terve, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Nouvelle Terve, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Nouvelle Terve, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaise...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Lied Dement, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Aube Antillaise, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition: 250 Framed Size: 28 x 24 inches ...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Pour Nous Deux, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Pour Nous Deux, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Pour Nous Deux, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaise...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Coins Soins Legende, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Coin Soins Legende, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Coins Soins Legende, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies A...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

L'Ile Verte, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse L'Ile Verte, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: L'Ile Verte, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Hier, de tes Doights d'Or Pale, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Hier, de tes Doights d'Or Pale, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition Size: 250 Framed S...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Marine, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Marine, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Marine, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edi...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Eglise des Bois, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Eglise des Bois, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Eglise des Bois, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillai...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Dedicace, from Poesies Antillaises
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Dedicace, from Poesies Antillaises Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Dedicace, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Lierre en fleur
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

La Piscine A
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Rosace
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

L'Escargot
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Coquelicots
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Decoration - Fruits
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Acanthes
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Woman with amphora
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

Vigne
By Henri Matisse
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lithograph after a gouache decoupee from Verve 35/36
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1950s Henri Matisse Art

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Lithograph

L'Enterrement de Pierrot
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse L'Enterrement de Pierrot, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: L'Enterrement de Pierrot Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Clown
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Clown, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Clown Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8" R...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

La Nageuse dans l'Aquarium
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse La Nageuse dans l'Aquarium, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: La Nageuse dans l'Aquarium Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition:...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Les Codomas
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Les Codomas, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Les Codomas Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 ...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Lagon
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Lagon, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Lagon Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8" R...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Destin
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Destin, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Destin Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8"...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Lanceur de Couteaux
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Lanceur de Couteaux, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Lanceur de Couteaux Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 She...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

L'Avaleur de Sabres
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse L'Avaleur de Sabres, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: L'Avaleur de Sabres Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Siz...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Lagon (II)
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Lagon (II), from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Lagon (II) Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Tobogan
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Tobogan, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Tobogan Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Lagon (III)
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Lagon (III), from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Lagon (III) Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4"...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

M. Loyal
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse M. Loyal, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: M. Loyal Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8" R...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Coeur
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Coeur, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Coeur Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8" R...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Le Loup
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Le Loup, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Le Loup Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8" Ref...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Icarus (Icare)
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Icare, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Icarus (Icare) Portfolio: Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8" Re...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Formes
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Henri Matisse Formes, from Jazz Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original pochoir Title: Formes Portfolio: The Jazz Portfolio Year: 1947 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 25 3/4" x 16 3/8" Refer...
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1940s Cubist Henri Matisse Art

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Stencil

Pasiphae Plate 1
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Arches vellum Title: Plate 1: Et il Faudra Mourir sans Avoir Tué le Vent (And He Will Die without Having Killed the Winds) Portfolio: Pasipha...
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1980s Henri Matisse Art

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Linocut

Pasiphae Plate 61
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 61 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Sheet Size: 12 5/8" x 10" Reference: Duthuit 38 bis Signed: No
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1980s Henri Matisse Art

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Linocut

Teeny
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original linocut Title: Teeny Year: 1938 Framed Size: 21 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches Sheet Size: 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches Reference: Duthuit 68 Signed: No
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1940s Henri Matisse Art

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Linocut

Pasiphae Plate 39
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 39 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Sheet Size: 12 5/8" x 10" Reference: Duthuit 38 bis Signed: No
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1980s Henri Matisse Art

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Linocut

Pasiphae Plate 40
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 40 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Sheet Size: 12 5/8" x 10" Reference: Duthuit 38 bis Signed: No
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1980s Henri Matisse Art

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Linocut

Pasiphae Plate 36
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 36 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Sheet Size: 12 5/8" x 10" Reference: Duthuit 38 bis Signed: No
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1980s Henri Matisse Art

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Linocut

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