Head Study B, 1950

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Head Study B, 1950

1,950.00

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)                                   

Medium: Lithograph
Edition No.: 1st Edition, Vol. IX, no. 35 & 36/6,500

Signed in plate, lower right

Publisher: Tériade, Paris

Printer: Mourlot Atelier, Paris

Dimensions: 11" x 14" (21" x 24" with frame)

Catalogue Raisonné: Duthuit 139, Freitag 6231

Black gestural lines accentuate this touching image of a woman’s face. Composed of graceful contours in a minimal composition, this work possesses a universal appeal-emphasizing joy, peace of the doll-like face. With simplicity of line, Matisse clearly conveys the beauty of this subject with a faint hint of a smile crossing her lips. Matisse's fluid draftsmanship and control of line shines through in this delightful work.

Known for his masterful use of color and his unique draftsmanship, Matisse is regarded as one of three artists who defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts, which were responsible for significant innovations in painting. His expressive language of color and shape, displayed in a body of work spanning over half a century, won him recognition as a leading figure in European modern art.

 

In the collection of:

Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA), MN

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