Eva, Grande Chevelure 1948

Charcoal on paper

20 11/16 x 16 inches

Danseuse reflétée dans la glace, 1927

Lithograph printed on China paper

15 5/8 x 11 1/4 inches

AP 7/10

Femme Assise (Yvonne) 1914

Charcoal on paper

25 7/8 x 20 inches

Femme au chien sur le petit lit vert 1929

Pen and India ink on paper

17 x 21 inches

Femme en Robe Longue de Dos 1930

Pen and India ink on paper

26 3/16 x 10 1/8 inches

Femme nue assise dans un fauteuil

Pen and India ink on paper

12 3/8 x 9 inches

Femme, Bras Levée

Pencil on paper

15 x 11 1/16 inches

Figure Mains jointes et Nappe à Décor persan (D. 183) 1929

Etching on Chine appliqué to Arches

15 x 11 1/8 inches

3/25

La robe d'organdi 1922

Lithograph printed in China paper

16 3/4 x 11 inches

AP 9/10

Le cauchemar de l'éléphant blanc from "Jazz" 1947

Pochoir printed in colors

16 5/8 x 25 1/2 inches

151/270

Le cirque from "Jazz" 1947

Pochoir printed in colors

16 5/8 x 25 1/2 inches

151/270

Le Repos de Modèle 1922

Lithograph printed in China paper

10 7/8 x 14 3/8 inches

Edition of 575

Marie-José en Robe Jaune (D. 817) 1950

Aquatint printed in colors on Arches wove paper

29 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches

30/100

Masque d'après D.A. II 1948

Aquatint printed on Marais paper

12 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches

8/25

Monsieur Loyal from "Jazz" 1947

Pochoir printed in colors

16 5/8 x 25 1/2 inches

151/270

Nu Agenouillé, de Face

Conté crayon and pencil on paper

10 7/16 x 7 1/8 inches

Nu Assis

Pen and ink on paper

9 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches

Nu assis et portrait de Madame Cézanne 1929

Etching printed on chine appliqué

8 x 6 inches

13/25

Nu au Coussin bleu à côté d'une cheminée 1925

Lithograph printed on Arches vellum

29 3/4 x 22 inches

25/50

Nu au turban 1929

Lithograph printed on Japan paper

10 5/8 x 17 1/2 inches

10/50

Nu couché au paravent Louis XIV 1923

Lithograph printed on China paper

5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

24/50

Nu dans un intérieur

Pen and India ink on paper

15 x 11 inches

Nu, Fauteuil au Fond c. 1928

Pencil on paper

15 x 11 inches

Odalisque (au Fauteuil) 1928

Pen and ink on paper

10 x 13 inches

Odalisque debout au plateau de fruits 1924

Lithograph printed on Japan paper

14 3/4 x 10 7/8 inches

Essai/50

Portrait of Henriette with decorative background c. 1928

Pen and ink on paper

9 x 12 inches

Tête de Profil 1945

Conté crayon on paper

10 3/16 x 13 3/8 inches

Vase de Lierre c. 1915

Charcoal on paper

22 x 14 3/4 inches

Press Release

Henri Matisse

Drawings and Prints: 1915-1947

May 17 – July 30, 2011

 

John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings and prints by Henri Matisse. The exhibition opens Tuesday, May 17th and continues through Saturday, July 30th. Henri Matisse: Drawings and Prints: 1915-1947 coincides with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, on view from May 21-September 6, 2011.

 

This exhibition presents an extensive collection of works on paper, several of which are included in the collection of the Pierre Matisse family. Matisse’s versatility with different media such as pen and ink, charcoal, and pencil will be showcased, along with his facility with delicate etchings, as well as lithographs and aquatints. Several of the pochoirs from his famous “Jazz” series will also be on view. This varied grouping of works reveals Matisse's life-long fascination with the figure, pattern, and decoration.

 

Matisse considered his drawing to be a very intimate means of expression and favored subjects such as the female figure or still-life. Often these drawings were made to inform his paintings and sculptures; therefore, he felt that these drawings should be quick, gestural exercises to capture the form and emotion evoked in him by the subject. John Elderfield notes in his renowned essay “(Drawing) allowed Matisse to consider simultaneously the character of the model, the human expression, the quality of the surrounding light, atmosphere and all that can only be expressed by drawing.” (The Drawings of Henry Matisse, exh. Cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, 1984, p. 84).

 

Matisse's experiments with printmaking, which focus on lines and shapes, creating black-and-white works that are by turns bold, delicate, and playful. The artist once said of his engravings, "It's about learning and re-learning the writing of lines." Matisse created new artistic languages in his prints, and this body of work reflects his tireless experimentation.

 

For further information and photographs, please contact Tatem Read at 415.781.4629 or tatem@berggruen.com. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30-5:30 Saturday: 10:30-5:00