Matisse Linocut: Chant de Minos Frontispiece (Variant I)

Chant de Minos Frontispiece (Variant I)

Henri Matisse
Chant de Minos Frontispiece (Variant I)
Linocut
1944

An original Henri Matisse Linocut print.

1944

Original linocut printed in black ink on white Rives wove paper. From the edition of 100, numbered "96/100" in pencil in the lower left corner of the sheet

One of seventy-one full page linocut plates. (There were 25 additional impressions numbered in Roman numerals, for an overall edition of 125.)

(apart from the cover and many designs and illuminations in the text also created in linocut) illustrating the Henry de Montherlant text "Chant de Minos (Les Crétois)." A richly printed impression of the definitive state. Bearing the artist’s estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right.

The impressions were printed from the artist’s original linoleum blocks by Marthe Fequet and Pierre Baudier, Paris, and published by Les hétitiers de l’artiste in the two volume album Pasiphaé/Chant de Minos, Paris, 1981.

Catalog: Claude Duthuit no. 38

9 5/8 x 7 1/16 inches

Sheet Size: 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

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