The Plane Tree, 1951

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The Plane Tree, 1951

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

Catalogue Raisonné: Duthuit 139, Freitag 6231

Matisse often made drawings to inform his paintings and sculptures, feeling that these drawings should be quick, gestural exercises that captured the form and emotion evoked in him by the subject. As the most direct expression of the artist's thoughts, drawing often helped Matisse to work out compositional and stylistic problems or new ideas.

Matisse explained that he was trying to “imitate the Chinese” in his tree drawing by retaining the essence of the subject and finding a formula depicting it—a personal sign for the tree. Matisse was remarkably articulate about this process. I have to learn, patiently, how the mass of the tree is made, then the branches itself, the trunk, the leaves. First the symmetrical way the branches are disposed on a single plane. Then the way they turn and cross in the front of the trunk… I do not mean that, seeing the tree through my window, I work at copying it. The tree is the sum total of its effects on me.

 

In the collection of:

Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA), MN

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