Pen and ink drawing for Revue 'Verve'

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

Leaves, 1949

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This example is one of a group of forty variations on leaves that Matisse drew in his own garden and that of his publisher friend, Tériade. Matisse frequently produced such series of variants drawn in pen and ink, as a way to seize the essential character of a motif. Because of its directness, Matisse came to recognize that line drawing expressed his emotions most purely. Matisse adapts his composition to the size and proportions of the supporting sheet, to realize a design of absolute clarity and elegance. The palpable effect of the white spaces interacting with the subject confirms Matisse’s claim that his line drawings were “generators of light”.

Details
Title
Leaves
Artist Life
1869–1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
92.85.13
Provenance
Ruth and Bruce Dayton, Wayzata (until 1992; given to MIA).
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Pen and ink drawing for Revue 'Verve'

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

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