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Original Lithograph by Henri Matisse, #1 "COVER" from Editions de la Revue Verve in Paris, 1937 . The dimensions are approx. -15 x 11 inches.
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Painter Henri Matisse (French, 1869_1954) is one of the most prominent 20th century artists, best known as a founding member of the Fauvist movement, and for his modernist innovations in painting, sculpture, and his original cut-out papiers dŽcoupŽs. Matisse was born in Le Cateau-CambrŽsis, France, and attended law school in Paris before studying art at the AcadŽmie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While first painting in a naturalistic style, he created increasingly experimental works after studying the art of the Impressionists, becoming familiar with Pointillism and other post-Impressionist idioms that dominated artistic discourse at the turn of the century.
La Perruche Et la Sirene by internationally recognized artist, Henri Matisse, is an original lithographic print from the Verve Vol VI edition. Created in 1938, this abstract piece was published by Editions de la Revue Verve in Paris. This piece is one of the greatest examples of Henri Matisse's cut-out works. The cut-out is technically related to the collage. Matisse executed this work by snipping forms from paper coloured in one hue. The total work contains cut-out forms in contrasting colours on a white surface. He began this method in 1940, but in his last years this medium dominated all his work. The imagery of this piece consists of leaves, pomegranates and two forms that appear only once. These two forms represent a parakeet on the left and a mermaid on the right side, from which the title of the work derives. The space surrounding the objects is just as important as the objects themselves. Matisse created this monumental cut-out while recuperating from a major operation which prevented him working in his studio. Consequently Matisse referred to this work as 'a little garden all around me where I can walk'.