Pasiphae. Chant de Minos. (Les Crétois), 1944. With 147 linocuts by Matisse. - Rare Book Insider
Pasiphae. Chant de Minos. (Les Crétois)

Henri de Montherlant, Henri Matisse

Pasiphae. Chant de Minos. (Les Crétois), 1944. With 147 linocuts by Matisse.

Paris: Martin Fabiani, 1944
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Text by Henri de Montherlant, illustrated by Henri Matisse. Paris, Martin Fabiani. 1944. In this 1944 retelling of the famous Greek myth, Pasiphae's tragic fate comes to life with Matisse's signature vibrant and expressive style. De Montherlant first pitched the idea of collaborating on a book to Matisse while he posed for a portrait. Since Matisse quite enjoyed the poet's retelling of Pasiphae, he readily accepted and chose his favorite passages from the work, reinterpreting the scenes in his immediately recognizable bold style. He particularly enjoyed creating linoleum engravings as he felt the style best captured his subtle hand movements. Only some of the linoleum blocks produced by Matisse for Pasiphae were used for this book, the rest being stored in the hopes that they could be used for a later work. Although a limited edition of 100 copies was made with these blocks after the artists death. All of the blocks the artist made for these works have since been destroyed. One of 200 copies in Arches paper with publisher watermark, from a total edition of 250. First edition, bound in an artistic binder by Ramon Gomez-Herrara, designed by Miquel Ruiz with interwoven red and white lines on black backgrounds that reinterprets Matisse linogravures. Complete with the original blue cover with linoleum-cut well preserved inside, illustrated with 147 linoleum-cuts of which 18 in full page, not signed or dated, 39 boards (26 in black and 13 in red), 6 culs-de-lampe, and 84 initials in red. In excellent condition signed by Matisse in justification page. Ref: Duthuit (Matisse Catalogue raisonne des ouvrages illustres) - #10
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