The Poems of Charles of Orléans
On View In:
Gallery 359
Artist:   Henri Matisse
Charles d'Orléans
Tériade, Paris
Mourlot Freres, Paris  
Title:   The Poems of Charles of Orléans  
Date:   February 25, 1950  
Medium:   Color lithographs, letterpress  
Dimensions:   16 x 10 3/8 in. (40.64 x 26.35 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Bruce B. Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 359  

In creating this illustrated book Matisse strove to fulfill two differing goals. On the one hand he wanted to visualize the courtly elegance of these late medieval poems and conceived of his edition as a modern painted manuscript. Matisse copied each poem in a handwritten script that emulates the poet’s late Gothic calligraphic style. On the other hand Matisse envisaged his illustrations in terms of a child’s workbook. By producing colored lithographic images Matisse conveyed the spontaneous joy he experienced when reading Charles d’Orléans’ poems.

Name:   Matisse, Henri  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1869 - 1954  
Name:   d'Orléans, Charles  
Role:   Author  
Life Dates:   France  
Name:   Tériade, Paris  
Role:   Publisher  
Nationality:   French  
Name:   Mourlot Freres, Paris  
Role:   Printer  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   France  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark Watermark:  
Classification:   Books  
Physical Description:   54 color lithographs; 2 color lithographs on covers; lithographed text in artist's hand, printed in black within lithographed borders  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , , Paris  
Edition:   Edition of 1230; 674/1230  
Accession #:   B.75.3  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts