HENRI MATISSE – L'escargot, 1953
Sheet size: 355 x 265 mm
Image size: 240 x 240 mm
Edition: Size of edition unknown – Signed in plate
The snail. Lithograph after a gouache découpée, signed and dated in the stone "H Matisse 53". The original cutout is in the Tate Gallery.The lithographs after Matisse's late paper cutouts were made in collaboration with the master lithographer Fernand Mourlot, printed by Mourlot Frères on wove paper and published by Tériade for Éditions Verve. This print comes from the edition published in a special 1958 double number of the deluxe art revue Verve devoted entirely to these last works, created between 1950 and 1954. Opinions differ about the print-run of Verve; the best estimate seems to be 2000 copies. Condition: Excellent.