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Sample Book Page, Mural Scrolls

This is a Sample book page. It was created by Henri Matisse and manufactured by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is dated 1948 and we acquired it in 1953. Its medium is screen printed on canvas. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Matisse was inspired by the primitive forms of traditional African sculpture early in the twentieth century, resulting in a stylized rendering of forms, often with unique perspectives. During the last years of his life Matisse began creating compositions of paper cutouts which again utilized crude shapes with a flat perspective but painted in bold colors. This mural design emulates his cutout works.

This object was donated by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc..

  • Plate (USA)
  • hand-thrown and glazed earthenware.
  • Bequest of James H. Stubblebine.
  • 1988-44-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 30 x 44.5 cm (11 13/16 x 17 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

MS in circle

Cite this object as

Sample Book Page, Mural Scrolls; Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954); screen printed on canvas; H x W x D: 30 x 44.5 cm (11 13/16 x 17 1/2 in.); Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.; 1953-61-1-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Esperanza Spalding Selects.

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