Henri Matisse

A la Mémoire de Angèle Lamotte, 1945

(To the Memory of Angèle Lamotte)

Original transfer lithograph after a design by Matisse especially done for the Arts Revue, "Verve," vol.IV, no 13. Published by Teriade. Signed in the stone and printed on wove paper.

Sheet size: 14" x 10 1/2".
Catalogue reference: Duthuit, Catalogue Raisonné des Ouvrages Illustrés, pg. 363, n. 74.

The subject of this work is a young collaborator of Teriade's, Angèle Lamotte, who died at the age of twenty-eight. Matisse who was fond of her dedicated this print to her memory.

Henri Matisse was born in Le Cateau, France, on December 1869, initially planned a career as a lawyer and even passed the law examinations in Paris in 1888. He began to paint after an acute attack of appendicitis and proceeded to become one of the leaders of Modern Art. He joined Gustave Moreau's studio at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he met Camoin, Manguin, Marquet and Jean Puy. Matisse experimented with several mediums and styles. His earlier work was very pointilistic as he was influenced by Seurat. Matisse became Neo-Impressionistic, using both colors and shapes boldly. Matisse acquired patrons in the Stein family who encouraged him, bought his pictures and encouraged other Americans to buy them. Later the Russians Shchukin and Morosov became his chief patrons. He traveled widely in Europe and North Africa (and also visited America and Oceania), and in 1914 went to Nice for the winter, to remain for the rest of his life on the Riviera, where he painted the long series of Odalisque and still-life subjects which are his main oeuvre. Matisse also made several illustrated books, notably editions of Ronsard and Baudelaire, done at the end of World War II. In his last years he used a mixture of cut-outs in coloured paper with gouache and crayons to overcome the handicaps of age and illness. Matisse's works are to be found in nearly every museum of modern art throughout the world.

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