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Henri Matisse Echos I

Henri Matisse Echos I is a Lithograph created for the Livre Illustre “Echos” with text by Jacques Prevert, Andre Verdet, and Nazim Hikmet. The Echos illustrated book included 6 original lithographs in cream and black. From the book edition of 15 on arches paper. Duthuit 32.

Henri Matisse was born December 31, 1869, in Le Cateau in northern France. Over a six-decade career he worked in all media, from painting to sculpture to printmaking. Although his subjects were traditional—nudes, figures in landscapes, portraits, interior views—his revolutionary use of brilliant color and exaggerated form to express emotion made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

 

Title

Echos I

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1952

Edition

15

Catalogue Raisonné

Duthuit 32

Signature

Unsigned

Size 9.75 x 6.75 (in)
25 x 17 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Henri Matisse Echos I is a lithograph created for the Livre Illustre “Echos” with text by Jacques Prevert, Andre Verdet, and Nazim Hikmet. The Echos illustrated book included 6 original lithographs in cream and black. From the book edition of 15 on arches paper. Duthuit 32.

Henri Matisse Echos I

Henri Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

Henri Matisse Echos I

Taking up painting after first studying law, Matisse studied with the Symbolist Gustave Moreau and participated in Paris’s official Salons. His breakthrough as an artist came during the summers of 1904 and 1905, when the bright sunlight of the South of France inspired him—along with artists like André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck—to create optically dynamicworks of bright, clashing colors that led to these artists being derided with the epithet fauves (wild beasts).

Henri Matisse Echos I

Known as Fauvism, the work from this period set him on a career-long path that he described as “construction by colored surfaces.”3This approach remained central through the various stages of Matisse’s body of work—from his rigorous, abstracted paintings of the 1910s to the decorative, sunlit interiors of his so-called “Nice period” of the 1920s to the radically innovative cut-outs of his last decade.

Henri Matisse Echos I

Though much of his work—whether an ink drawing with a flowing arabesque line or a painting with flat expanses of unmodulated color—looks as if it might have been executed with effortless ease, Matisse cautioned that this effect was only an “apparent simplicity.” In reality, he labored exactingly to achieve the “art of balance, of purity and serenity” of which he dreamed.4

Henri Matisse Echos I

Additional information

Title

Echos I

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1952

Edition

15

Catalogue Raisonné

Duthuit 32

Signature

Unsigned

Size 9.75 x 6.75 (in)
25 x 17 (cm)
Price Price on Request