1869   Born: Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France

1882 - 1887 Attended the

College de Saint-Quentin and the

Lycée Henri- Martin at Saint-Quentin, France

1887 - 1889   Studied law in Paris, France

1889   Studied drawing at the municipal

Ecole Quentin de La Tour, a school of

décorative arts, Saint-Quentin, France

1891   Studied at the Academy Julien with Gabriel Ferrier and Adolphe-W. Bouguereau

1892 Studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Paris,

1895 Entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris,

1896 Salon of the Société Nationale

des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

1905 Worked with André Derain in the little

coastal town of Collioure, France

1927 Won first prize at Carnegie

International in Pittsburgh, PA

1950 Won Grand Prize at the

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

1952   Matisse museum is inaugurated,

 Le Cateau-Cambresis, France

1954   Died:Cimiez, Fran

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HENRI MATISSE France   1869 - 1954  "Étude pour Circé numero 1" 1935

A rare gem that celebrates the partnership of James Joyce and Henri Matisse in 1935 - one of the most arresting and intriguing collaborations in 20th Century literature. “It was a great idea to bring them together, celebrities of the same generation, of similar virtuosity” (Wheeler 15) The 26 beautiful full age illustrations by Matisse accompany the text of Joyce’s Ulysses including 6 soft ground etchings “One of the very few livres de peintres issued before World War II”. According to George Macy (this work’s designer) who undertook this American publication of Matisse’s illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for $5,000. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer’s Odyssey. The preparatory drawings reproduced with the soft ground etchings (Matisse’s only use of this medium) record the evolution of the figures from vigorous sketches to closely knit compositions. Only 250 copies were produced signed by both the author and the illustrator. A glorious, leather bound tome with 22 carat gold accents, gilt edges, moiré fabric endsheets and a satin page marker. From a design by Leroy H Appleton. The Matisse drawings inside it are, of course, the most priceless of its offerings.