*This is an Offset lithograph on paper after a 1910 oil on canvas painting by artist Henri Matisse titled "Marguerite Matisse". Matisse often painted his daughter and his evolution as an artist can be traced through his portraiture of her.
This limited edition offset lithograph was produced in 1955 in a limited, special edition of 2000, out of a total edition of 2850. It was published by Andre Sauret for Matisse's Portraits suite; under the direction of Henri Matisse who hand selected the images for reproduction. The lithographs were printed by Louis Duval.
This suite is considered one of his most important because if the social and psychological inferences Matisse made with color and line.
Matisse (1869 - 1954) is a French artist known for his use of bold color, excellent draftsmanship, composition and line quality. In 1896 he exhibited 5 paintings in the salon of the Social Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and the state bought two of his paintings. Even in his day he was considered an artist of great importance, he had the distinction of being admired by Pablo Picasso with whom he exchanged paintings in 1907. After World War I, Matisse had gained a high reputation and was an internationally recognized artist. In 1917 he left Paris and settled in Nice in the South of France where he remained until the end of his life. In 1925 he received the French Legion of Honor award.