On View In:
Gallery 359
Artist:   Henri Matisse
Text by Pierre Reverdy
Éditions du Chêne, Paris
Mourlot Freres, Paris
Fequet et Baudier , (text)  
Title:   Visages (Faces)  
Date:   1946  
Medium:   Lithographs, letterpress  
Dimensions:   13 x 10 in. (33.02 x 25.4 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Bruce B. Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 359  

This illustrated book is unique because Matisse’s friend the poet Pierre Reverdy created a text to accompany Matisse’s images. Somewhat earlier Matisse had created a series of lithographs representing one of his female models, and their existence prompted a publishers to suggest printing them as a collector’s edition. For the general design, Matisse followed his usual practice of creating appropriate ornaments and of combining these with images and text in the order he saw fit.

Name:   Matisse, Henri  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1869 - 1954  
Name:   Reverdy, Pierre  
Role:   Author  
Name:   Mourlot Freres, Paris  
Role:   Lithographer  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   France  
Name:   Fequet et Baudier  
Role:   Printer  
Name:   Éditions du Chêne, Paris  
Role:   Publisher  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark Watermark: <15++90>  
Classification:   Books  
Physical Description:   14 lithographs  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , , Paris  
Edition:   Edition of 250; 155/250 plus 20 h.c.  
Accession #:   B.83.17  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts