Color lithograph after the work by Henri Matisse, plate-signed by Matisse from the edition of 200.
This lithograph was printed and published in 2007 in our Art-Lithographies workshop in Paris using 100% cotton 300 g/m² BFK Rives paper. Artwork entirely made in France: from the production of the paper in Arches in the Vosges department, to the traditional lithographic printing process, one drawing for each different color, one color per press run.
The lithograph was authorized, supervised and validated by the Matisse Estate. On the back of the lithograph feature the copyright of the Matisse Estate and the copyright of the original printer and publisher of this edition.
Lithograph included in the set of 5 color lithographs portfolio "Couleurs" for sale here on this website and delivered with a certificate of authenticity, signed by our company, the original printer and publisher of those lithographs.
Danseuse Créole (The Creole Dancer)
DIMENSIONS: 63x90 cm (24.8'x35.4' in)
PAPER: BFK Rives
PRINTERS: Art-Lithographies studio, Paris
PUBLISHERS: Artvalue.com, Luxembourg
COA: Yes. Signed by the original printers & publishers
Created by Matisse in 1950, Creole Dancer and Zulma are two of Matisse’s favorite pieces. Matisse based the cut-out figure on Katherine Dunham, an American dancer and choreographer, whose modern dance routines were influenced by dances from Africa and Haiti. Ms. Dunham had been invited to perform in Matisse’s studio. He created Creole Dancer from the sketches he made while she was dancing. The work was completed in a single day, using left over bits of paper. It was a 1953 gift from Henri Matisse to Musée Matisse in Nice.
Many critics consider this to be his most innovative period. He had begun to experience severe arthritis and had a bout with cancer which forced him to be confined in a wheelchair. He could no longer stand to paint, so instead he created paintings with scissors by cutting pieces of colorful paper and gluing them onto larger pieces of paper with the help of his assistants. They were called « gouaches découpées » (cutouts). Danseuse Créole is a fine example of this style, with its use of stunning colors and shapes to create a scene. (http://www.henrimatisse.org).