Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts at The Morgan Library & Museum, October 30, 2015 – January 17, 2016

“Henri Matisse’s art is some of the best known—and most loved—of the modern era. This exhibition focuses on a somewhat less familiar aspect of his work, but one that inspired a passionate and enduring commitment during the latter part of the artist’s career. The extraordinary volumes on view show Matisse delighting in the smaller scale of book design and are a testament to the fact that his talent transcended any medium.” — Colin B. Bailey, director of The Morgan Library & Museum

Thomas, Louis, b. 1885Andre Rouveyre / Louis Thomas ; avec nombreuses reproductions de ses dessins et un portrait par Henri-MatisseParis : Les bibliophiles fantaisistes : Dorbon-Aine, 1912. PML 195625, Frontispiece portrait by Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), frontispiece illustration in Louis Thomas (1885–1962), André Rouveyre. Paris: Les Bibliophiles Fantaisistes, Dorbon-Aîné, 1912. Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Reverdy, Pierre, 1889-1960. Les jockeys camoufles : trois poemes / par monsieur Pierre Reverdy ; agrementes de cinq dessins inedits de monsieur Henri Matisse. Paris : Se trouve A la Belle edition, 1918. PML 195627, illustration of female nude

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), illustration in Pierre Reverdy (1889–1960), Les jockeys camouflés: trois poèmes par Monsieur Pierre Reverdy, agrémentés de cinq dessins inédits de Monsieur Henri Matisse. Paris: Se trouve à la Belle Édition, 1918. Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Maquette for Mallarme, Poesies, Swan illustration and facing page Non-Morgan, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, TMP 2014-229.1

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), preliminary designs for Stéphane Mallarmé, Poésies (1932). Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Pierre Matisse photograph of his father, Henri Matisse sketching a swan in the Bois de Bologne, Pierre Matisse Gallery (New York, N.Y.) Pierre Matisse Gallery archives, 1903-1990 MA 5020

Pierre Matisse (1900–1989), photograph of Henri Matisse in the Bois de Boulogne (ca. 1931– 1932). Gift of the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, 1997, The Morgan Library & Museum. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Montherlant, Henry de, 1896-1972. Pasiphae : Chant de Minos (Les Cretois) / [Paris] : Martin Fabiani, [1944], p. 42 and facing lihtograph (stitched together), PML 195598

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), linocut illustration and initial in Henry de Montherlant (1895– 1972), Pasiphaé, Chant de Minos (Les Crétois). Paris: Martin Fabiani, 1944. Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954. Dessins : themes et variations / [Paris] : Martin Fabiani, 1943. Frontispiece and Title Page, stitched together PML 195596

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Dessins: Thèmes et variations … précédés de “Matisse-en-France” par Aragon. Paris: Martin Fabiani, 1943. Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Rejected cover design,(octopus) Les Fleurs du mal; TMP 2014-229.7, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), rejected cover design for Les fleurs du mal (1946). Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

A preliminary study for the etching in the Circe chapter; TMP 2014-229.2, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, New York

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), preliminary study for the etching in the Circe chapter, Ulysses (1934). Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954. Dernieres œuvres de Matisse 1950-1954. Paris : Editions de la revue Verve, c1958. PML 195647 cover

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Dernières oeuvres de Matisse 1950–1954.Paris: Éditions de la Revue Verve, 1958. Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954. Icare (Jazz, pl. VIII) [Paris : Teriade, 1947] 2007.77h

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Icarus, pochoir, plate VIII, Jazz (1947). Courtesy of Frances and Michael Baylson © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954. Le Cirque (Jazz, pl. II) [Paris : Teriade, 1947] 2007.77b

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Circus, pochoir, plate II in Jazz (1947). Courtesy of Frances and Michael Baylson © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954. Le Toboggan (Jazz, pl. XX) [Paris : Teriade, 1947] 2007.77t

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Le Toboggan, pochoir, plate XX in Jazz (1947). Courtesy of Frances and Michael Baylson © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Rouveyre, Andre, 1879-1962. Repli, front and back wrapper (cover by Henri Matisse) PML 196125

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), cutout cover designs for Repli (1947). Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, New York © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Charles, d’Orleans, 1394-1465. Poemes / de Charles d’Orleans ; manuscrits et illustres par Henri Matisse[Paris] : Teriade editeur, [1950] PML 195613, frontispiece and title page (stitched together)

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), frontispiece and title page, Poèmes de Charles d’Orléans. Paris: Tériade Éditeur, 1950. Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

Proofs of initials, Pasiphae; TMP 2014-229.4, Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

Henri Matisse (1869–1954), proofs of initials for Pasiphaé (1944). Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, New York © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber 2015.

Images courtesy The Morgan Library & Museum