Cut-Outs: Nues Bleus VI


This famous lithographic edition is based on his gouache cut-outs. The first lithography plates were printed under Matisse’s supervision in 1954. The completion of the printing by Mourlot Freres, came in 1958. Teriade, the publisher for the famed Jazz series, again worked on this series with Matisse to reinterpret the gouache cut-outs by printing them using new lithographic techniques. Working on the Jazz series in 1947 in a pochoir process prepared Matisse for the cut-outs. He deliberately chose lithography over pochoir for this project due to the simplicity of colors, and the bright tonality he sought. Some suggested Matisse use a photo-hybrid process but Matisse was aware that color photography had not been perfected yet.

Year: 1954-58
Medium: Lithograph
Image size: 10 x 12
Edition: 1st French / c. 3,020
Printer: Mourlot Freres, Paris
Publisher: Teriade
Catalog ref: Anthonioz 305
Signature: Signed in the plate