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Florilège des Amours de Ronsard 1948

Henri Matisse


Estate Brassa誰

Henri Matisse and his model in the Rue des Plantes studio, 1939


Henri Matisse Florilège des Amours de Ronsard

Henri Matisse was not only an innovative genius but also a man of great warmth and humour with an overwhelming generosity of spirit. In 1941, in his early seventies and much of the time confined to his bed, he began one of his most complicated and successful printmaking projects, Florilège des Amours de Ronsard, illustrating the love poems of the 16th century poet Pierre de Ronsard. The work was to take seven years to complete and in its making Matisseʼs sexuality was to find its most intense expression.1 The imagery created by Ronsardʼs poems lent itself well to Matisseʼs favoured themes of fruits, flowers, portraits and the female form. Most of these motifs were those which Matisse knew by heart and for which he had an abiding fondness. Such was his delight with the subject matter that over the years he expanded the commission from 30 lithographs to the 126 which made up the finished project. This now very rare suite was printed by Mourlot Frères in Paris on pure rag tinted wove Papeteries dʼArches paper in an edition of 320 sets only, of which 300 were for sale. It was published in 1948. Each print is accompanied by a copy of the justification page signed by Matisse. 1

front cover:

1.

£2400

(Matisse ‒ Pierre Schneider, Thames and Hudson, 1984)

34.5 x 24.5 cm


2.

£2250

36.5 x 25.5 cm


3.

ÂŁ2400

31.5 x 23.5 cm

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4.

£2400

34 x 26 cm


5.

ÂŁ2400

33 x 26 cm

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6.

£2400

30 x 23 cm


7.

£550

13.5 x 14.5 cm

8.

£650

15.5 x 19 cm


9.

ÂŁ1950

25 x 36 cm

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10.

£2450

25.5 x 33 cm


11.

£450

12.

£1950

8 x 12 cm

15 x 25 cm


13.

ÂŁ550

22.5 x 25 cm

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14.

£1750

22.5 x 23 cm


15.

£1450

35.5 x 23 cm


16.

£650

11 x 11.5 cm

18.

£550

13 x 19 cm

17.

£650

10.5 x 12 cm


All the prints oered here are from the edition of 320 only, presented in an immaculately hand-made oak box frame with double Bainbridge Tiechert conservation mounts.

19.

ÂŁ2250

17.5 x 25 cm

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20.

£1250

23 x 27.5 cm


21.

£450

23.

£1450

9 x 10.5 cm

15 x 24 cm

22.

£450

10 x 9.5 cm


24.

ÂŁ1250

19 x 21 cm

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25.

ÂŁ1450

20.5 x 16 cm

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26.

£950

22.5 x 27 cm


27.

ÂŁ950

35.5 x 25 cm

All prices include frame, vat and uk delivery


28.

£950

33 x 25 cm


29.

£950

34 x 20.5 cm


30.

£550

21.5 x 20 cm


31.

£650

22.5 x 24 cm


32.

£2250

23.5 x 22.5 cm


33.

ÂŁ2250

23.5 x 14 cm

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34.

ÂŁ550

18 x 20.5 cm

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A further four lithographs from the Edition de TĂŞte of which there were 30 only, initialled in pencil by Matisse.


35.

ÂŁ3450

38 x 28 cm, initialled in pencil


36.

ÂŁ3450

38 x 28 cm, initialled in pencil


37.

ÂŁ3450

38 x 28 cm, initialled in pencil


38.

ÂŁ3450

38 x 28 cm, initialled in pencil

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39.

£1750

19.5 x 21cm

In 1948 Henri Matisse made a suite of original lithographs to illustrate Ronsardʼs love poems Florilège des Amours. Nearing the end of his career, he was making line drawings of inspired simplicity.

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or disturbing subject matter . . . Like a comforting influence, a mental balm.

Goldmark Gallery, Orange Street, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9SQ Open Monday to Saturday 9.30 - 5.30, Sunday 2.30 - 5.30 and Bank Holidays 01572 821424 info@goldmarkart.com www.goldmarkart.com sept 2010


Henri Matisse - Florilège des Amours de Ronsard