HENRI MATISSE 1869-1954
(Emile Benoît) Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869-1954 Nice
Title: Virgin and Child on Starry Background | Vierge et enfant sur fond étoilé, 1950/51
Technique: Original Hand Signed, Inscribed and Numbered Lithograph on Chine-appliqué on Rives Wove Paper
Paper size: 50 x 37 cm. / 19.7 x 14.6 in.
Image size: 39 x 25 cm. / 15.4 x 9.8 in.
Additional Information: This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist “H. Matisse” at the lower right margin.
The work is also hand numbered in pencil from the eight artist’s proofs, at the lower right margin.
It is also dedicated in pencil “a FMourlot” [to Fernand Mourlot], the printer.
This lithograph was printed in a limited edition of 100 signed and numbered impressions.
The paper bears the Rives watermark along the lower margin.
This subject was created for the inauguration of the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, more often known as the ‘Matisse chapel’ in Vence. It was published in a limited edition of 100 impressions to mark the completion of Matisse’s design and decoration of the chapel. Other impressions of this subject can be found in the collectiosn of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques-Doucet, Paris and the Bibliothèque nationale de Paris.
Provenance: Fernand Mourlot (1895 – 1988) Fernand Mourlot was the director of Mourlot Studios and founder of Editions Mourlot.
Nicole Bordas, daughter of Fernand.
Literature: Duthuit, C. (1983). Henri Matisse: Catalogue Raisonné de L’oeuvre gravé. Paris.
Reference: Duthuit 647
Condition: Good condition. Minor areas of staining scattered across the chine-appliqué.