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Original Lithograph on Arches paper
Part of the suite 'Dix Danseuses' (Ten Dancers)
Created in 1927
Image size: 11" x 18.1" (28 x 46 cm)
Paper size: 12.8" x 20" (32.5 x 51 cm)
Hand signed in pencil, annotated 'épreuve d'artiste'
Edition of 10 (aside from the numbered edition of 130)
Reference: Duthuit 851
Henri Marie Petiet (1894-1980), Paris (stamp on the reverse);
(H.M. Petiet was a key figure in the Parisian art scene, an art dealer, collector and publisher of graphic works. Even though he was born into a well known French family, he himself became famous for his role in art and purchasing of the Vollard collection, including the etching plates of Picasso.)
Lumley Cazalet Gallery, London
Private Collection, UK
The Ballets Russes, a traveling ballet company was founded in Paris by the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev in 1909. Diaghilev approached Matisse in 1919, asking him to collaborate on the 1920 production of 'Le Chant du Rossignol' for the Paris Opera, written by Igor Stravinsky with choreography by Leonide Massine.
Matisse was initially hesitant, sensing the enormity of the task but then eventually agreed, declaring “But I’ll only do one ballet and it’ll be an experiment for me.” (this turned out not to be the case)
Matisse took daring, risky leaps into the unknown, exploring how his two-dimensional colours and patterns could come bursting into life on the stage. Later on Matisse wrote, “I learned what a stage set could be. I learned that you could think of it as a picture with colours that move.”
The Ballet showcased some of Matisse’s most experimental works, as set and costume designs. Many leading artists from that time, among them Picasso, were involved and collaborated with the Ballets Russes. Picasso even got married to a ballerina, Olga Khokhlova.
Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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