. . . fraîchie sur des lits de violettes . . . [p. 27; variant I]

Henri Matisse
. . . fraîchie sur des lits de violettes . . . [p. 27; variant I]
linocut
1944

An original Henri Matisse linocut print.

(. . . fresh on violet beds . . .)

1944

Original linocut printed in black ink on Rives wove paper

Bearing the artist’s estate monogram blindstamp at the lower right image tip.

A superb proof impression of the definitive state, one of 25 hors commerce impressions, numbered “XV/XXV” in pencil at the lower left sheet tip (there were 100 additional impressions numbered in Arabic numerals, for an overall edition of 125), annotated “page 27” in pencil verso. One of forty-one full page linocut plates (apart from the cover also created in linocut) illustrating the Henry de Montherlant text “Chant de Minos (Les Crétois).” 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 album Pasiphaé/Chant de Minos, Vol. I, Paris, 1981.

Catalog: Claude Duthuit no. 38.

9 5/8 x 6 15/16 inches

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

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