Towards the end of his monumental career as a painter, sculptor and lithographer, an elderly and sick Henri Emil Benoit Matisse (French 1860-1954) was unable to stand and use a paintbrush for a long period of time. This face painting or mask is a photo-lithograph of an original sketch Matisse made with brush on paper. It was included as an illustration in the Verve Revue Artistique et Litteraire Volume IX No. 35-36, printed in Paris in 1958. Matisse was most recognized for his human figure, still life and nude subjects, as well as his impressionism style and work in sculptures, monotypes, aquatints, lithography, etchings, drypoints and woodcuts. An original was sold at auction by Christies in November 2016 for $1,327,500!
Photo-lithograph on cream wove paper.
14 1/8 x 10 3/8 4inches sheet
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