Collectible Art - Matisse Cut-Outs

 
Henri Matisse "The Cut Outs" at MoMA, image courtesy of NY Times

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.  

A look inside Matisse's studio

A look inside Matisse's studio

Matisse in his studio (bruo247.com)

Matisse in his studio (bruo247.com)

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.