MATISSE (Henri) MALLARME (Stéphane). POESIES.... - Lot 211 - Ferri & Associés

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MATISSE (Henri) MALLARME (Stéphane). POESIES.... - Lot 211 - Ferri & Associés
MATISSE (Henri) MALLARME (Stéphane). POESIES. Original etchings by Henri Matisse. Lausanne, Skira, 1932. Large in-4 (328 x 245 mm), cyclamen marocco, decorated with a large rosette covering the entire front cover and smooth spine, made of a half-bold gold fillet that unfurls its arabesques and sometimes splits to form solids, the space between these threads is then mosaicked in almond-green calf, fuchsia suede lining and endpapers edged in light calf, gilt on witnesses, cons. cover and spine, folder, slipcase (Paul Bonnet). Edition with 29 ORIGINAL EAUX-FORTES BY MATISSE, including 23 hors-texte and 6 vignettes printed on Lacourière presses. Edition of 145 copies (papier vélin à la forme), numbered and signed by the artist. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED BOOKS BY MATISSE. "Matisse's etchings for Stéphane Mallarmé's Poésies (1932) are undoubtedly the ultimate achievement in the luxurious tradition of illustrated books. Inspired by Mallarmé's notion of the blank page as the primary space, the artist demonstrates an exceptional sense of balance and harmony. When Matisse traced this book, he ensured that the light on the page co-authored the fine, continuous lines of his etchings. He contrasts the lightness of the line with the weight of the printed text, and compares the effect of white and black balls in the hands to the art of the juggler who makes a harmonious whole in the eyes of the spectator." (Andel p. 346). Second illustrated work from the presses of the young publisher Albert Skira (after his magnum opus in collaboration with Pablo Picasso to illustrate Ovide) but the "first project for the illustration of an entire work by Matisse" (Bogousslavsky, De Parallèlement à Chanson complète, p. 322). SUPERB BINDING BY PAUL BONET, WHOSE DECORATION PERFECTLY EVOKES MATISSE'S GRAPHIC STYLE. A sketch of the binding's decoration is included. Bonet wrote in his notebooks: "This is perhaps the best of all my bindings - it is also the one in which I have used to the maximum the possibilities of the purest of all decorative elements: the fillet". Ref: Duthuit, 5; Rauch, 256. From Manet to Hockney 95; Castleman p. 92; Garvey 196;
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