Matisse, Henri (1869-1954): Henri Matisse. Papiers decoupés.

 

Paris, Berggruen & Cie, 1953. 8vo. 22 x 11.5 cms. Introduction by E. Teriade. [24] pp.

With 14 hand-colored pochoir plates (one double-page) of paper cut-outs.

Recent boards, front cover lettered as title, original pictorial wrappers designed by Matisse bound in. Very fine.

Printed in just 1000 copies. Catalogue of the first exhibition of Matisse’s paper cuts at Paris in 1953.

”In the late 1940s, Henri Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium, and scissors as his chief implement, introducing a radically new operation that came to be called a cut-out. Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes - from the vegetal to the abstract - which he then arranged into lively compositions, striking for their play with color and contrast, their exploitation of decorative strategies, and their economy of means. Initially, these compositions were of modest size but, over time, their scale grew along with Matisse’s ambitions for them, expanding into mural or room-size works. A brilliant final chapter in Matisse’s long career, the cut-outs reflect both a renewed commitment to form and color and an inventiveness directed to the status of the work of art, whether as a unique object, environment, ornament, or a hybrid of all of these” (text from MoMA, occasioned by the exhibition ”Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” in 2014-2015).

Henri Matisse. Papiers decoupés.

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