The Last Works of Henri Matisse 1954-1958, Verve Vol. IX No. 35/36, RARE

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Reverdy, Pierre; Georges Dethuit New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company,  1958
English, Fine Folio, 182 pp.

Reverdy, Pierre; Georges Dethuit, (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company,  1958). Fine Folio 14 ⅞” x 10 ¼”, American Edition Verve Vol. IX No. 35/36 published by Tériade for Harcourt, Brace & Company, rebound by Joanne Sonnichsen in blue marbled boards quarter bound in black calf, with gilt title to spine. Front and back panels of original dust jacket bound in at front and back. 40 full-color lithographs overseen by Matisse, including 9 double-page plates, 1 triple sheet, and 3 quadruple foldouts. Crease to outer edge of page 58 not affecting image, crease to fold out on page 130 not affecting image. Loosely laid in is a typed letter on Sonnichen's stationary describing the rebinding, dated July 14, 1994.

From the foreword: 'This double number of Verve is entirely dedicated to the last works of Matisse - 1950-1954. Reproduced in colour lithography, these works have been realised by the artist with papers coloured in gouache, cut with scissors and pasted. They are shown here with drawings executed at the same time or during the preceding period. Matisse composed the cover specially for this volume. These first lithographic plates were printed during the year 1954 under his direction. The printing of the lithographs in colour by Mourlot Frères and that of the photogravure reproductions and the typography by the master printers Draeger Frères, was completed in Paris on the 28th day of July 1958.'

The Mourlot Brothers were a famed Parisian print studio that reproduced some of the most famous artists of the 20th Century. 

George Duthuit Matisse, Nicolas de Staël, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Bram van Velde. He maintained a close association with the surrealists, particularly André Masson. In 1939, he was among the intellectuals convened for George Bataille's College of Sociology.

Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960) was a French poet associated with Surrealism, Dadaism and Cubism. 

Rebound by Joanne Sonnichsen, who studied  French-style bookbinding and served as President of the Book Club of California, the Hand Bookbinders of California, and the Colophon Club of San Francisco, as well as serving as an active member of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, the Bancroft Library Associates, the Stanford Library Associates, and the Guild of Book Workers. 

This volume the Library of Bay Area Artist Keith Boyle, Art Teacher at Stanford University. 

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