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1985 Lithograph Henri Matisse Jazz White Elephant Cut Out Art Abstract Modern

1985 Lithograph Henri Matisse Jazz White Elephant Cut Out Art Abstract Modern

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"Le cauchemar de lÕéléphant blanc (The Nightmare of the White Elephant)" Plate IV

This is an original 1985 double-page color lithograph of a cut-out work of art (Plate IV) from Jazz by Henri Matisse.


This 30+ year old Item is rated Near Mint +. No aging. Original portfolio crease. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that this item will be shipped folded along the original center crease.

  • Product Type: Original Lithograph; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint +
  • Dimensions: Approximately 23.5 x 15.25 inches; 60 x 39 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of large-format lithographs from 1985 from perhaps the most well-known masterpiece of the French artist, Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Toward the end of his life Matisse was bedridden, but despite his illness and limited mobility, his creativity continued to flow, and he created a new art form by cutting out shapes from colored paper and arranging them as collages known as cut-outs. In 1947 these pieces were gathered into a limited edition artist's portfolio by TŽriade, the publisher of the famous French art magazine Verve and given the title Jazz. Using some of his familiar imagery and themes, in particular the circus, the vibrant colors and forms of these stunning lithographs seem to virtually leap off the page.

This piece was illustrated by Matisse, Henri. There is no visible artist signature.

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a native of Le Cateau-Cambrésis. Matisse originally began his career in law; however, bedridden after an appendectomy, he began to take up painting, using art supplies his mother gave him. Around a year later, Matisse relocated to France where he received his formal art education at the Academie Julian. During the 1890s, he also attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied under Gustave Moreau. 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. In his later years, Matisse experimented with cut-out collages. He is said to have been influenced by Neo-Impressionist painters Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin, as well as pointillist artists Signac and Henri Edmond Cross. In 1925, Matisse was awarded the French Legion of Honor. During the 1930s, he was commissioned to illustrate books, as well as design murals for the Barnes Foundation of Philadelphia and the Chapel of Saint-Marie du Rosaire in Vence (near Cannes, France). In 1950, Matisse was awarded the grand prize at the Venice Biennale.

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