Page 128 from “Poésies” (Poems)
On View In:
Gallery 359
Artist:   Henri Matisse
Stéphane Mallarmé  
Title:   Page 128 from “Poésies” (Poems)  
Date:   1932  
Medium:   Etching  
Credit Line:   Gift of Bruce B. Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 359  

"Are you a living princess or her shadow? Let me kiss your fingers and their rings, and bid you Walk no longer in an unknown age..." This anthology of poems by Mallarmé is Matisse's first illustrated book. It was commissioned in 1930 by Albert Skira who planned to produce a string of lavish limited-edition books illustrated by famous artists. The 29 etchings created by Matisse for this book may appear sketchy and simple, but they were meticulously crafted in scores of prparatory drawings. Matisse chose which poems would be illustrated and how the pages would be designed. His main concern was in balancing eh black lines of the etchings with the vast white of the page and the essential black of the opposing text. Matisse's drawings evoke much of the sensuality of Mallarmé's great Symbolist poetry without being traditional illustrations of the text.

Name:   Matisse, Henri  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1869 - 1954  
Name:   Mallarmé, Stéphane  
Role:   Author  
Life Dates:   French, 1842-1898  

Object Description  
Classification:   Books  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Edition:   Edition of 125; 42/125  
Accession #:   B.81.13.7  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts