New York; (1954): Harcourt, Brace & Company. Folio. Item #028357
xi, 30 pages [200 pages of plates). These drawings were made less than a year before his death. In that year, it is a touching thought that paid repeated visits to a neighbor, Matisse, who was already confined to his bed. Clearly, this was a productive year where these remarkable drawings flowed as if done by a much younger man. Rebecca West has written an appreciation. The text is by Michael Leiris. These sixteen full-page color lithographs were printed by Mourlot Freres, as the Verve French edition double-number 29-30. They are reproduced chronologically, without any omissions, in the exact size of the originals and they show an intense nine weeks in the life of the artist. The drawings range from the erotic to burlesque. His stated goal was to show that the artist must be sensuous not an intellectual attempt to win over the critic. The work was realized under the direction of Teriade, by the Master printers Draeger Freres for the Heliogravure in black and white. A near fine copy bound in red pictorial paper covered boards depicting a girl with a ponytail with accent colors of blue, yellow and purple, rear board in blue paper covered boards, spine and endpapers with a bit of foxing, some toning to upper margins of a few plates, in a near fine dust jacket with a few small rub spots to upper joints and light wear to head. A very nice copy.