Henri Matisse Ltd Ed Lithograph - Trois têtes. A l'amitié
Henri Matisse (Trois têtes. A l'amitié) from the Apollonaire suite of Etchings Apollinaire, Matisse, Rouveyre (c. 1951-52, printed 1966)
MATISSE, Henri. Apollinaire. By André Rouveyre. Illustrated with 1 aquatint frontispiece, 7 black and white lithographs (6 hors-texte and 1 cul-de-lampe) and 3 initial letters in linogravure, all by Henri Matisse. Folio, loose as issued in the original wrappers (designed by Matisse) and chemise (designed by Matisse). Paris: Raison d'Etre, 1952.
One of 350 copies on Vélin d'Arches. The writer André Rouveyre met Matisse at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1898. During the 1940s and 50s they both lived in the South of France and exchanged daily correspondence (over 1200 letters between them survive). The present work is an homage to their mutual friend Guillaume Apollinaire. A very pleased Rouveyre described this as "a work fashioned by the most beautiful, fraternal, tripartite, friendship grounded ... on the same religion of art and poetry" (Rouveyre, quoted in Duthuit). Besides the present collaboration, Matisse illustrated Rouveyre's Repli.