after Henri Matisse - L'Espagnole a la Mantille
Etching and aquatint in colours, 1925, on wove Arches, water-
marked paper, engraved by Jacques Villon under the supervision of Ma-
tisse, signed by Matisse in pencil
Note: This was made after the painting crested by Matisse in 1922
Jacques Villon’s extraordinary technical virtuosity enabled him, alongside
his own œuvre, to make original prints from the works of artists who were
friends of his, as it were, to replenish his finances. In their faithfulness to
the original works and the stunning technical mastery with which Villon
executed them, they are prime examples of successful translation of orig-
inal works into a different medium. “Espagnole à la Mantille” is a typical
example of the dazzling portraiture that, along with other genres, made Henri Matisse’s reputation for his masterly handling of decoratively heterogeneous pictorial elements. The beautiful Spanish woman asserts herself with poise against a wildly patterned background. However, the parallel stripes in the foreground create distance, while at the same time constituting the balancing factor in a composition that is visually sumptuous in its diversity.
An edition of unknown size also exists. This is unsigned, unnumbered and bears the blindstamp of Chalcographie du Louvre, Paris.
Reference: Colette de Ginestet & Catherine Pouillon, Jacques Villon. Les estampes, les illustra- tions, Arts et Métiers Graphiques, Paris 1979, n°666
Edition: 200 - There were also 10 artists proofs made
Published by: Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris.
Printed by: Chalcographie du Louvre, Paris.
Condition: A pleasing example with colours slightly attenuated and margins trimmed. Some marks on margin a long way from image and under the mount.
1) Art Fair New York
2) Private Collection Ft. Lauderdale, FL Size: Sheet: 59.5 x 49.5 cms
Category Henri Matisse