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12 February - 12 February 2002 Matisse| A Collection of prints Henri Matisse
Matisse, Florilege des Amours de Ronsard at Andipa, London
12 February - 12 February 2002
Andipa Gallery
Henri Matisse
Matisse| A Collection of prints

This exhibition will celebrate the launch of Andipa Contemporary and is the first of a number of exciting shows planned for the year, both in London and New York.

Henri Matisse is perhaps best know for being an inspired painter and colourist, his talent as a sublime master of the graphic arts is sometimes overlooked. Often graphic works act as a form of preliminary drawing, proceeding the completion of a final painting, this was not the case with Matisse’s graphic works. He employed graphic media to learn about objects themselves. In Matisse’s case, his objects were almost exclusively models. This allows the viewer an insight into Matisse’s life, his graphic work acting as a life-long dialog between artist and model.

This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view over 50 original lithographic prints, created during the years 1941 – 1952 in a single exhibition. The period in which these lithographs were created was one consistently interrupted by sickness and war. These prints however do provide a unique vista into the creative process of one of the greatest 20th century artists. Albert Skira who was responsible for publishing some of Matisse’s works quoted, “prints of this importance should be followed step by step by you and by me”.

All the works in this exhibition are carefully documented in the Catalogue Raisonne printed in 1988 by his grandson Claude Duthuit and many were included in impressive exhibitions of Matisse prints in 1970 and 1981 by the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire, Fribourg, Switzerland.

The lithographs available at the exhibition are beautifully framed, from limited editions of 50 to 320 and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and Catalogue Raisonne reference. Prices range from £500 to £2000.

The exhibition is to take place on Tuesday 12th February from 6.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the gallery through telephone or e-mail.