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Poems de Charles d'Orleans
Paris: Ateliers Mourlot Freres for Editions la Revue Verve, 1950. Lithographic portfolio of one hundred sheets measuring 410 x 265 mm., with additional limitation leaf; in excellent condition within the original folding decorated wrappers, with the publishers slipcase. Signed by Matisse. Limited edition of 1,200 copies signed by Henri Matisse.A warm, vibrant and joyful celebration of life - here Henri Matisse celebrates the elusive mystique of medieval love poetry of through this magnificent lithographic portfolio. The troubadour poet Charles d'Orleans lived from 1394-1465 and is believed by some to be the sender of the first Valentine's Day gift. His poems are veiled yet alluring, a perfect source of modern artistic inspiration.Matisse worked upon this magnificent livre d'artiste in 1943: it was printed some years later by the master fine art lithographer Fernand Mourlot in 1950. Mourlot is credited with reintroducing lithography as an art form in the twentieth-century, and his studio in Paris was frequented by Picasso, Chagall, Dali and others. This is a remarkable portfolio, filled with fresh and spontaneous decorative patterns or floriege based on the tapestry tradition of the royal fleur-de-lis. Significantly, there is no letterpress as Matisse wrote the poems by hand for the lithographic printing process. The work is remarkable for its confidence and youthful vigour, created by the elderly Matisse at 73 years of age. Poems de Charles d'Orleans combines the spontaneity and irreverence of a modern artist with the high chivalry and mystical love of the Middle Ages.
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