Pages 54-55 from illustrated unbound book Poésies (Poems) by Stéphane Mallarmé with etchings by Henri Matisse

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Scène. La Nourice-Hérodiade from Poésies, 1932

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In 1930 the young publisher, Albert Skira, asked Matisse to illustrate a special collection of poems by the French Symbolist Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898). In this, his first commission to illustrate a book, Matisse established both the comprehensive method of design and the “non-imitative” approach to illustration that he subsequently followed in his other important illustrated books. Matisse chose which poems to embellish with his own corresponding images. He voiced particular concern over the proper balancing of his etched illustrations with the typography of the accompanying text. Matisse solved this problem by etching his spare images in thin lines spread over the entire page, incorporating the blank white of the paper into the image. In this way he realized a harmony with the facing pages of text. The text was darker than the etched lines of the illustrations, but it was concentrated at the center of the page.

Details
Title
Scène. La Nourice-Hérodiade from Poésies
Artist Life
1869–1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
B.81.13.2
Catalogue Raisonne
Boston 196, Ref. no. 196 in "The Artist and the Book"
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Pages 54-55 from illustrated unbound book Poésies (Poems) by Stéphane Mallarmé with etchings by Henri Matisse

© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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