Artwork information




Color lithography on Arches paper




65 cm x 50 cm


Signed lower left

Proof(s) of authenticity

Lithograph sold with a certificate of authenticity issued by the publisher Mourlot.

State of conservation

Very good




Paris, France


This lithograph was made from a paper model cut directly under the supervision of Henri Matisse. "Composition pour le Centenaire de l'Imprimerie Mourlot" is the original exhibition poster made by Henri Matisse for the centenary of the Mourlot printing house which took place at the Galerie Kléber in Paris during the winter of 1952-1953.

This rare color lithograph printed on Arches paper is a proof from the Mourlot Studio. Contrary to most color lithographs which are derived from Matisse's famous compositions on cut paper, often small formats, this work was created from the beginning by Henri Matisse in this rather imposing format for a lithograph: 65 x 50 cm.

Henri Matisse warmly thanked Fernand Mourlot for introducing him to the creative possibilities of lithography. In the early 1950s, Fernand Mourlot showed him how his combinations of patterns and shapes painted in subtle tones and colors could have exceptional renderings in the form of lithographs.

This work is sold in a light wood frame.

The artist


Henri Matisse

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Born in 1869


Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in France. Henri Matisse first studied law and became a notary clerk. At the age of 20, he remained in bed because of appendicitis, and so he discovered the joys of drawing and painting. 

He continued his studies, but also enrolled in a drawing course. In June 1890, he paints his first painting entitled "Nature morte avec des livres". Then, he moved to Paris where he joined the Beaux-Arts in 1895, in the studio of Gustave Moreau. In 1896, he met Auguste Rodin. Little by little, Henri Matisse turns to Impressionism, notably by discovering the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. He thus starts to use warmer colors and organizes his canvases with more rigor.

From 1904 on, he rubbed shoulders with Paul Signac and adopted pointillist techniques, but quickly moved away from them. His paintings at that time consisted of large areas of very bright colors. The more time passes and the more Matisse moves towards a simplification of his art, he even speaks of "art of balance, purity and tranquility". In 1905, he exhibited in the company of painters André Derain and Albert Marquet. The critic Louis Vauxcelles gave them the nickname "fauve": Fauvism was born! His art thus begins to be recognized in the high artistic spheres and he now lives quite comfortably.

In 1908, Henri Matisse began to paint "La Danse" for the famous collector Sergueï Chtchoukine. This painting is considered as his ultimate masterpiece, he also has a counterpart "La Musique". With its refined and colorful style, this painting symbolizes the simplification of painting imagined by Henri Matisse.

He continued to paint during the First World War and settled in Nice. In 1924, he tried his hand at sculpture. Suffering from colon cancer, Matisse is physically diminished, but he continues to draw. In addition, he develops collage techniques with the help of Lydia Délectorskaya. Henri Matisse died on November 3, 1954 in Nice.

Great master of fauvism and great artist of his time, Henri Matisse excelled in many artistic fields: painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, stained glass and collage. 

"It is not possible for me to slavishly copy nature, which I am forced to interpret and submit to the spirit of the painting." Henri Matisse

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