French painter Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) expressed joy through patterns, ornamentation and vivid colors. Given a paint set while recovering from an illness, Matisse described his discovery of art as “a kind of paradise.” Originally labeled a Fauvist, he produced early works that were remarkably mature. After seeing Impressionist and Japanese art, Matisse made color instrumental to his work, and experimented with expressive abstraction. He also decorated the Dominican nuns’ chapel at Vence, France when he was almost 80. Matisse, who was often nervous, relieved his tension through painting.
This lithograph is signed in the plate. Edition size is unknown. The limited edition print is professionally framed in a deep (2") wood shadow box frame. The print rests 1/4" below the mats, which are also spaced 1/4" apart, creating a beautiful effect of depth and shadows. Protected with Museum Glass to ensure amazing clarity and protection for years to come.