Nus Bleus V

This famous lithographic edition is based on the gouache cut-outs Matisse created at the end of his career. The first lithography plates were printed under Matisse’s supervision in 1954. The completion of the printing by Mourlot Frres, 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, the 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 resisted, knowing that color photography was yet to be perfected.

Year: 1954 / published in 1958
Medium: Lithograph
Image size: 10 ¼ x 14 in.
Edition: Unnum./c. 3,020, 1st French Edition 
Printer: Mourlot Freres, Paris
Publisher: Publisher Teriade
Catalog ref: Verve catalogue raisonné, Anthonioz 305
Signature: Blue stamped on verso

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