This is a lithograph Arches paper from artist Henri Matisse titled Zorah la Robe Jaune (Zorah, The Yellow Dress).
Matisse made two trips to Morocco and while there met Zorah, a beautiful woman that he painted on both trips. The original was painted in 1912 and is in an unknown private collection. Zorah is shown proudly seated looking at the viewer wrapped in a saffron yellow robe.
This limited edition lithograph was produced in 1955 in a limited, special edition of 2000, out of a total edition of 2850. It was published by Andre Sauret for Matisse's Portraits suite; under the direction of Henri Matisse who hand selected the images for reproduction. The lithographs were printed by Louis Duval. The framed dimensions are 29.25"h x 25"w. This piece includes a certificate of authenticity.
This suite is considered one of his most important because if the social and psychological inferences Matisse made with color and line.
Matisse (1869 - 1954)was a French artist known for his use of bold color, excellent draftsmanship, composition and line quality. In 1896 he exhibited 5 paintings in the salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and the state bought two of his paintings. Even in his day he was considered an artist of great importance, he had the distinction of being admired by Pablo Picasso with whom he exchanged paintings in 1907. After World War I, Matisse had gained a high reputation and was an internationally recognized artist. In 1917 he left Paris and settled in Nice in the South of France where he remained until the end of his life. In 1925 he received the French Legion of Honor award.