Verve 35 - 36

Artist’s Name
«Dedicated to an artist»
Henri Matisse
1958, Paris
This issue contains :
  • Last paintings by Henri Matisse, from the period 1950-1954, by watercolored paper, cut with scissors and pasted . The paintings are accompanied by sketches made the same period or before.
  • 39 olored plates, lithographed by brothers Mourlot.
  • 38 heliotypes by brothers Draeger.
  • Texts by Pierre Reverdy “ Matisse in light and in happiness” and by Georges Duthuit “The Light tailor ”.

As a posthumous honor, Teriade dedicated this double issue of the Verve review (no.35/36) to French artist and main expresser of Les Fauves (French for The Wild Beasts), Henri Matisse. This issue contains a series of the artist’s final body of works (1950-1954), in the gouache decoupees technique - compositions from cut-paper collages from drawings made by the artist himself – as well as a series of drawings of the same or earlier periods.

Contrary to his contemporaries, Henri Matisse did not see as his primary goal the expression of personal problems or difficulties through his art. “My dream” he wrote “is to create a type of art that is pure and peaceful, expressing a balance, not referring to issues that are annoying and disturbing, (…) such as respite and a good effect, like a healing balm for the soul and spirit – I want my art to have the effect of a good armchair on a tired man”.

He succeeds in doing just that by focusing on expressing his personal vision mainly through detailed organization of the painting, simplicity in form and clean colors. He starts his creations based on emotions and the feelings aroused in him by nature; he proceeds with discipline, order and clarity to organize his painting and ends up with a work where design, color and general structure accurately express his idea. None of the elements used in his works are accidental. They are all equally significant and attuned to a rhythm that brings balance, clarity and harmony in accordance with the artist’s initial desire.