Linocuts from Pasiphae
A pair of original limited edition linocuts (issued on a single sheet) engraved by Henri Matisse and executed for his famed livre d'artiste (artist book), Pasiphae. Conceived in 1944 as ornamental flourishes to complement the text, these fine linocuts feature gracious and delicately flowing lines reminiscent ancient medieval manuscript illumination. These examples were published in 1981 by Matisse's estate in a small Arabic numeral edition of 100. (There was only one other Roman numeral edition of 25 issued before the plates were cancelled.) The sheet is both numbered from the edition lower left and given a blind stamp with Matisse's initials "HM". They are beautifully framed with a scooped beige fabric liner, a gold fillet, and a black and gold frame.
Catalogue Raisonne: Duthuit books 38