Zulma, 1950


Zulma, 1950


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)                                  

Medium: Color Lithograph Derived from the Cut-Paper Original Maquette
Edition No.: 1st Edition, Vol. IX, no. 35 & 36/6,500

Signed in plate, lower left

Publisher: Tériade, Paris

Printer: Mourlot Atelier, Paris

Dimensions: 11' x 14" (22.5" x 27" with frame)

Catalogue Raisonné: Duthuit 139, Freitag 6231

“I don’t paint things, I only paint the difference between things.” -Henri Matisse

In 1941, due to illness, Matisse underwent surgery that left him unable to walk. Painting became a physical burden. He turned to an entirely new medium. He created cut paper collages, or découpage, by cutting sheets of paper, pre-painted with gouache, into shapes of varying colors and sizes, and arranged them to form dynamic compositions. What began as modest size works eventually transformed into room-sized murals, distinct with dimensional complexity, resulting as an art form that was not quite painting, but not quite sculpture. The gouache cut-outs are “the end-product of an entire life of work and the flowing of an enormous, sincere, and difficult effort”, and of a life devoted to exalting color and evoking the happiness of living and painting, which were inseparable for him.

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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