Lot 67
  • 67

Henri Matisse

30,000 - 50,000 USD
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  • Henri Matisse
  • Poésies (Duthuit BK. 5)
  • etchings
  • sheets approx.: 330 by 254 mm 13 by 10 in
  • overall: 350 by 272 mm 13 3/4 by 10 3/4 in
The complete deluxe edition of the book comprising 29 etchings (20 hors-texte, 6 en-texte), together with the separate suite of 29 etchings with remarques, on japon imperial, poetry by Mallarmé, signed in ink opposite the title page, numbered 14 (one of 30 copies containing the separate suite from the total edition of 125 plus 20 copies hors commerce), printed by Lacourière, Paris, published by Albert Skira et Cie, Lausanne, loose (as issued), contained in original paper cover and slip case with leather spine, with original covered slip case (58 prints)


W. Averill Harriman Foundation
Christie's New York, November 16, 1982, lot 248
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

In his lifetime, Henri Matisse produced more than a dozen illustrated books known as livres d’artiste, a specific type of illustrated book that became common in France at the turn of the century. These books were deluxe, limited editions, meant to be collected and admired as works of art. Matisse took his first step in illustration when Swiss publisher Albert Skira approached him in 1930 to illustrate Poésies, by the 19th century French poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Matisse responded to Skira’s invitation with enthusiasm and made an enormous number of drawings for the project. Ultimately, 27 drawings of elevated purity were selected, exhibiting an extraordinary economy of the thin, engraved line so as not to overpower the ethereal quality of Mallarmé’s poetry. Matisse’s etchings of Mallarmé’s poems are considered amongst his greatest works in the printed medium.