Marie-José en robe jaune. 1950. Color Etching and aquatint. Duthuit-Matisse 817. Signed and numbered. From an edition of 100 copies. On wove paper by Arches (with watermark). 53.6 x 41.7 cm (21.1 x 16.4 in). Sheet: 72,5 x 57 cm (28,5 x 22,4 in). Color aquatint after the painting "Jeune fille en vert dans un intérieur rouge" from 1947.
Similar to Picasso, Henri Matisse also left an extraordinarily comprehensive oeuvre. Matisse was a painter, drawer, sculptor and graphic artist. Additionally, he made stage designs and murals. Along with his drawings, his around 800 graphic works deliver proof of his impressive productivity, but also thematic concentration. Matisse basically focused on portraits and female nudes. Even though color was his central means of artistic expression, Matisse created only one orig. etching in colors, that is this sheet "Marie-José en robe jaune" from 1950. Form and coloring in this impressive late work by the then 81 year old artist have become largely detached from the object, inner contours that emphasize the physical are entirely done without. In our sheet the artist combined the reduced contour, as it was characteristic of the nudes from the 1930s with the homely scenery of the "Odalisk" depictions.