54 color lithographs; 2 color lithographs on covers; lithographed text in artist's hand, printed in black within lithographed borders

© Succession H. Matisse %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

The Poems of Charles of Orléans, February 25, 1950

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In creating this illustrated book Matisse strove to fulfill two differing goals. On the one hand he wanted to visualize the courtly elegance of these late medieval poems and conceived of his edition as a modern painted manuscript. Matisse copied each poem in a handwritten script that emulates the poet’s late Gothic calligraphic style. On the other hand Matisse envisaged his illustrations in terms of a child’s workbook. By producing colored lithographic images Matisse conveyed the spontaneous joy he experienced when reading Charles d’Orléans’ poems.

Details
Title
The Poems of Charles of Orléans
Artist Life
1869–1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
B.75.3
Catalogue Raisonne
Boston 202 Rauch 174 Stern 73 Cramer 36 Barr 272-273
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54 color lithographs; 2 color lithographs on covers; lithographed text in artist's hand, printed in black within lithographed borders

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

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