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Henri Matisse Lithograph Blue Nude I

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Estimate $200 - $300Sep 30, 2017
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Henri Matisse, after. Nu Bleu I (Blue Nude I). 2007. Lithograph, BFK Rives Paper. 58x79cm (22.8x31.1in). Artvalue.com, Luxembourg. Edition of 200. About this work: Color lithograph after the work by Henri Matisse, plate-signed by the artist and sold with a certificate of authenticity. Dimensions are 58x79 cm (22.8x31.1 in). Printed by Art Lithographies on chiffon BFK Rives paper, with copyright of the Matisse Succession and the copyright of the publisher.

The Blue Nudes refer to a series of cut-outs by Henri Matisse completed in 1952. They represent seated female nudes, and are among Matisse’s final body of works. The pose he finally arrived at for all four works—intertwining legs and an arm stretching behind the neck—was his favorite. The color blue signified distance and volume to Matisse. Frustrated in his attempts to successfully marry dominant and contrasting tones, the artist was moved to use solid slabs of single color early in his career, a technique that became known as Fauvism. Many critics consider this to be his most innovative period. He had begun to experience severe arthritis and had a bout with cancer which forced him to be confined in a wheelchair. He could no longer stand to paint, so instead he created paintings with scissors by cutting pieces of colorful paper and gluing them onto larger pieces of paper with the help of his assistants. They were called « gouaches découpés » (cutouts). The painted gouache cut-outs that comprise the Blue Nudes were inspired by Matisse's collection of African sculpture and a visit that he made to Tahiti in 1930.

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