Henri Matisse Lithograph – La Blouse Romaine, 1954
Henri Matisse lithograph after a painting by the artist on vellum.
Signed in the plate, authentic Matisse Mourlot print
On fine vellum
Size: 32 x 24.5 cm.
Printed at Atelier Mourlot in 1954.
Very good vintage condition.
Matisse’s The Romanian Blouse is the outcome of six months’ work. Eleven photographs taken by the artist document key stages in this long development. He showed these alongside the painting at Galerie Maeght in Paris, highlighting the assiduous labor of simplification necessary to achieve the fusion of line and colour that he sought. In its final form, details of the Lydia Delectorskaya model have been omitted, scraped away or covered over. The simple oval of the face echoes the curves of the baggy sleeves. The powerful harmony of the three main areas of colour confers great vitality to the painting.