Henri Matisse created the original gouache cut-outs in 1952. This image “Blue Nude II” was featured in the rare French art and literature revue Verve, issue 35/36 entitled “Last Works of Matisse: 1950-1954” (Matisse died in 1954). Verve’s editor Tériade gave Matisse printer’s ink samples that the artist used for his very first paper cut-outs. They collaborated often: Matisse created the cover for this and many other issues.
The originals are in the Tate Museum in London.
Offered here is a page from the 1987 portfolio of Verve artwork printed in Paris by Flammarion Press. Although it is an offset lithograph, it was printed with skill and is an accurate rendition of the original Verve page, with the usual verso text. The print measures 10 × 13, matted in white 4-ply acid free board, and framed in gray wood with a gallery glass face. Overall dimension framed is 16 × 20 inches.
We have the companion piece here.