Odalisque debout au plateau de fruits

Henri Matisse
Odalisque debout au plateau de fruits
lithograph
1924

An original hand-signed Henri Matisse lithograph print.

(Odalisque standing near a plate of fruit)

1924

Original lithograph printed in black ink on cream Japan paper

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Henri Matisse.

A superb artist’s proof impression of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 50, one of only ten such proofs, annotated “épreuve d’artiste” in pencil in the margin lower left (there were 8 additional trial proofs, for an overall edition of 68).

Catalog: Duthuit-Matisse 444; Fribourg 399.

14 13/16 x 10 7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 18 13/16 x 12 7/8 inches

The great breakthrough of Far Eastern and Islamic artistic styles was the result of the first exhibitions of Muslim and Asiatic art in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. Matisse even traveled to Munich in 1910 to see the comprehensive exhibition of Islamic art there. The Ballets Russes also introduced a wealth of Eastern motifs in the splendidly colored costumes and sets of Léon Bakst. Matisse was familiar too with Japanese woodcuts showing richly adorned courtesans, and he encountered the Byzantine heritage of Russian art on his visit to Moscow in 1911.
The southern sky of Nice also aroused the artist’s imagination, by conjuring up the seductive atmosphere of a harem in his somber studios. Initially, Matisse tackled the portrayal of figures in rooms, providing his models with a great diversity of clothing and accessories, presumably more to give the scene a framework that out of wish-fulfillment.