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Henri Matisse. Autograph Manuscript Signed. "Henri Matisse." Fifteen

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"." Fifteen pages [rectos only] in French, entitled "", 7.77" x 12.25" [pages 1-8] and 8" x 10.5" [pages 9-15], n.p.; [1908]. This is a draft, with cross-outs, inserted words, and corrected copy overlays glued to some of the pages, of Matisse's first published essay, "Notes of a Painter," which was published on December 25, 1908 in , a prestigious French literary journal. Considered one of the most important statements of the 20th century by an influential artist, the essay was composed at a time when Matisse's work was being criticized by both Impressionists and Cubists. His essay is a statement of in what he believes are the basic tenets of his art as well as an attempt to answer his critics. Matisse begins his essay admitting that "not just in order to present his works, but to reveal some of his ideas on the art of painting" including invading " " Matisse then moves into a description of his art. "For him, expression for the entire arrangement of his painting is expressive. As he writes in the published version, according to Matisse, ." Matisse's manuscript draft differs from the published version slightly in places, as he uses different words and expressions in various places, but these differences do not change in any significant way the message he wants to convey. Throughout the remaining portions of the draft, as in the published version, Matisse expounds on his philosophy of his art. As he nears the end of his "Notes," Matisse presents his view of successful art and what he sees as the role of the artist. "." The importance of Matisse's "Notes" at the time is reflected by the fact that when they were published they were immediately translated into German and Russian.Henri Émile Benoît Matisse (1869-1954), an artist known his expressiveness of color, is considered the most important French artist of the 20th century. He was a draughtsman, book illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor, but was known primarily as a painter.A fascinating look at an extraordinary artist at work on a publication in which he discusses his views on his art and on the art of painting.Condition: Some pages have minor chipping, creasing, and soiling, but overall condition is good.HID07601242017
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