Henri Émile Benoît Matisse (1869 – 1954) was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.This impression on Arches wove paper is from the limited edition of 3000 printed in 1951 by Mourlot. Matisse executed this original lithograph to serve as the frontispiece for the Colette novel "La Vagabonde", published in Paris by Andre Sauret. The full sheet measures 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches (218 x 160 mm). Signed in the stone, not hand-signed.This work was a Gift Aided donation to FARA Clapham.
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