Henri Matisse, Calypso from Ulysses, 1935

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Artist Henri Matisse
Title Calypso from Ulysses, 1935
Reference Duthuit 235
Medium Soft Ground Etching
Edition Numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left margin.
Signature This work is hand-signed by Henri Matisse (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 1869 - Nice, 1954) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition This work is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price Sold Questions?
ID # W-5498

In 1935, Matisse was offered the opportunity to create as many etchings as possible for a special illustrated edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The novel is a modernist adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey and Matisse produced drawings based on six scenes from Homer’s epic poem. This rare work is a wonderful combination of the two artistic and literary geniuses of the time.

In Henri Matisse Calypso from Ulysses, 1935, Matisse depicts the scene of Calypso, a beautiful sea nymph who seduces Odysseus and detains him on her island for seven years - extending his already fraught journey home from war. Widely considered a symbol of seduction and rescue, Calypso is a central figure in The Odyssey. The work is dynamic, showcasing several figures seemingly intertwined. Subtle shading emphasizes the movement and drama of the scene unfolding. Viewers can immediately sense the struggle unfolding and imagine Odysseus’ frustration in hoping to escape. The narrative quality of this etching will surely inspire literature buffs and art lovers alike.

Created in 1935, this soft ground etching is hand signed by Henri Matisse (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 1869 - Nice, 1954) in pencil in the lower right margin. This work is numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Henri Matisse Calypso from Ulysses, 1935 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of the work).

1. Duthuit-Matisse, Marguerite. Henri Matisse: Catalogue raisonné de lœuvre grave Tome I. Paris: Claude Duthuit, 1983. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné  no. 235

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Henri Matisse Calypso from Ulysses, 1935 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.

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