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Henri Matisse La Danseuse Creole

Henri Matisse La Danseuse Creole is a lithograph in colors on wove paper. A rare studio proof (before lettering) with full margins. Created after a gouache decoupee by the artist “La Danseuse Creole”. Plate signed and dated lower right. Printed by Mourlot, Paris.

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

La Danseuse Creole

Alt. Title

The Creole Dancer

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1950

Edition

Unknown

Catalogue Raisonné

NA

Signature

Unsigned

Size 40 x 24 (in)
101.75 x 61 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Henri Matisse La Danseuse Creole is a lithograph in colors on wove paper. A rare studio proof (before lettering) with full margins. Created after a gouache decoupee by the artist “La Danseuse Creole”. Plate signed and dated lower right. Printed by Mourlot, Paris.

Henri Matisse La Danseuse Creole

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.

Henri Matisse La Danseuse Creole

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 La Danseuse Creole

Throughout his decades-long career as a painter, sculptor, draftsman, and printmaker, Henri Matisse continuously searched, in his own words, “for the same things, which I have perhaps realized by different means.”1 Celebrated as both an orchestrator of tonal harmonies and a draftsman capable of distilling a form to its essentials, he long sought a way to unite color and line in his work. The relationship between these two formal elements can be traced from early works like Dance (I)—in which the side of a dancer’s body, set against fields of rich blue and green, is described in a single, arcing contour—to his late cut-outs like The Swimming Pool, in which the artist discovered a way at the end of his life to “cut directly into vivid color.”

Henri Matisse La Danseuse Creole

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Title

La Danseuse Creole

Alt. Title

The Creole Dancer

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1950

Edition

Unknown

Catalogue Raisonné

NA

Signature

Unsigned

Size 40 x 24 (in)
101.75 x 61 (cm)
Price Price on Request