Paris: Ateliers Mourlot Freres for Editions la Revue Verve, 1950.

A warm, vibrant and joyful celebration of life – Henri Matisse celebrates the elusive mystique of medieval love poetry in this magnificent portfolio of one hundred lithographed sheets. The troubadour poet, Charles d’Orleans, lived from 1394 -1465 and is believed by some to have been the sender of the first Valentine’s Day gift. His poems are veiled yet alluring, a perfect source for modern artistic inspiration. Matisse worked upon this magnificent livre d’artiste in 1943: it was printed some years later by the master fine art lithographer, Fernand Mourlot, in 1950. (Mourlot is credited with reintroducing lithography as an art form in the twentieth-century, and his studio in Paris was frequented by Picasso, Chagall, Dali and others.) This is a beautiful portfolio, filled with fresh and spontaneous decorative patterns based on the tapestry tradition of the royal fleur-de-lis. Significantly, there is no letterpress as Matisse wrote the poems by hand for the lithographic printing process. The work is remarkable for its confidence and youthful vigour, created by Matisse at seventy-three years of age. ‘Poems de Charles d’Orleans’ combines the spontaneity and irreverence of a modern artist with the high chivalry and mystical love poetry of the Middle Ages.

Item #1503

Limited edition of 1,200 copies signed by Henri Matisse: lithographic portfolio of one hundred sheets measuring 410 mm x 265 mm., with additional limitation leaf; in excellent condition within the original folding decorated wrappers, with the publisher's slipcase.

Price: $3,500.00

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