L’Art Indepéndant



L’Art Indepéndant



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After Henri Matisse (1869 – 954)




lithograph printed by Mourlot


29.5 x 19.5 in. (75 x 50 cm.)


A; not backed


This original lithographic poster was designed by Henri Matisse for an exhibition ‘L’Art Indepéndant’ at Petit Palais, Paris. The poster features ‘La Reve’ and marks the first collaboration between Matisse and Fernand Mourlot.

According to Fernand Mourlot, Henri Matisse had very clear opinions on the design of the poster  – “You shouldn’t put any colours in the headlines, the whole letter in black.” He commented, “You see, this letter is a little big. I would like to see the proofs because I am quite meticulous, and I want to have a nice poster.”

Organised as part of the International Exposition of 1937, by Raymond Escholier, the masters of Independent Art exhibition sought to promote the superiority of the contemporary French artistic school, extended to foreign artists “living or having lived in France for many years”. Taking up the entire ground floor of the museum, the exhibition presented over 1500 works by around 100 artists, including Rodin, Bonnard, Bourdelle, Maillol, Matisse, Modigliani, Vuillard, Braque, Chagall, Derain, Dufy, Léger, Picasso, Van Dongen, and Vlaminck.

Mourlot are a fine art lithographic printers who, in the early 20th century, invited some of the most celebrated artists of the time to the studio to collaborate on traditional stone lithography. Artists such as Braque, Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Léger, Matisse, Miró and Picasso worked with Mourlot to produce visually striking lithographs that were used as posters to promote the artists’ work or exhibitions and pasted up all over cities. Today, these beautifully lithographed posters make the perfect interior decoration and are collectable works of art in their own right.

Please note that we are able to offer this work framed, please contact us for further details.

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