Original Linocut, on BFK Rives watermarked paper, 1940, bears a signature in pencil “Henri Matisse”, 13960 written in pencil below.With two deckled edges.
Reference: Claude Duthuit “Henri Matisse, Catalogue Raisonne de l’oeuvre grave” Number 725
Note: Duthuit calls for this work to be on Arches paper. The signature on this work seems to be apocryphal. In our view, however, the impression on our piece comes from the original Linoleum and this is possibly an unrecorded trial proof on a different paper. Duthuit says that there were a number of Trial proofs made and the published edition was only of 10 proofs and measured 435 x 324 mms. There was a further edition made by Chalcographie du Louvre, with their blindstamp, unnumbered and and with a printed signature. A similar piece is found on paper the same size in the Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery https://www.albrightknox.org/artworks/p19996389-nu-au-bracelet-nude-bracelet. This does not describe the watermark on the paper. It is not, however, from the later edition and is possibly also a Trial Proof. Another similar piece is found in the Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery https://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/28177
Size: Image: 24.4 x 17.8 cms; Paper 32 x 24.6 cms