Decoration of Fruits (Cut-Outs Series) E/A

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With Matisse’s declining health toward the end of his life, it became increasingly difficult for Matisse to paint at an easel. Thus, he developed a method of creation by way of collage. By cutting out shapes from pure colored sheets of paper, he could “sculpt” his way to assembling a finished composition. In 1954, he worked with Mourlot Freres, the famous printer, to commemorate his finished collages or “cut-outs” in the medium of original lithography. This was indicated as artist’s proofs in pencil, initialed and dated in the stone.

Year: 1954, published in 1958
Medium: Lithograph
Image size: Approx. 38 x 15 in.
Edition: 1st French Edition / Unnumb. 1,200
Printer: Mourlot Atelier, Paris
Publisher: Verve, Teriade
Catalog ref: Verve
Signature: Unsigned

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