J18 - Dessins: Themes et Variations


From 1941-42 Henri Matisse carefully chose his favorite drawings, which he called “surprising progress”, made over several years for this project entitled, Dessins: Themes et Variations. For Matisse, the process of expressing himself with drawing meant; “a great variety of sensations [with] a minimum of means.” For this project the drawings were interpreted as lithographs for the folio, which was one of Henri Matisse’s first large projects. In fact, no project thereafter would reach its size or scope.

Year: 1943
Medium: Lithograph
Image size: 9 ½  x 13
Edition: 516/920
Printer: Roger Lacourière
Publisher: Published by Martin Fabiani, Editeur
Catalog ref: Duthuit 9; Monod 7847
Signature: Signed and dated in the plate