Henri Matisse "The Cut Outs" at MoMA, image courtesy of NY Times
I recently came across a rare collectible book published in France in 1958 entitled "Verve," a popular art publication of the time and composed of about 50 or so vibrant and original lithographs of the last works of Henri Matisse. A collaboration with the art review and master lithographer Fernand Mourlot, Matisse designed the book's modern cover and oversaw the lithography process for all the prints in the book.
In this final collection of works entitled "Cut-Outs," Matisse exchanged a paint brush for scissors and created colorful collages using cut paper as his primary medium - a radically new operation at the time. This was in part due to his failing vision and loss of mobility from cancer. As a result many of these pieces are extremely bold and brightly colored.
From the book:
Pictured below are some of my favorite lithographs from the book and for sale on my Chairish shop. Printed on thick wove paper they measure 10.5" x 14"h or 20"w x 14"h and are very chic when framed. Opinions differ but the general consensus is that around 2000 prints were made. As a result these are highly collectible works - many galleries selling each sheet from $400 - $800+ per sheet. I sell mine between $125 - $250.