Henri Matisse -'Linocut' 'Teeny' 1938
Henri Matisse, 'Teeny' 1938, Linocut published in 'XXe Siecle' in 1938 .
Dimensions 30 × 22 cm
'Comments on Teeny'
The linocut created by Henri Matisse in 1938 entitled Teeny was inspired by Alexina ‘Teeny’ Sattler who was first married to Henri Matisse’s son, Pierre, the art dealer. Matisse was very fond of her daughter-in-law and continued his relationship with Teeny, even after she divorced Pierre and married for a second time, Marcel Duchamp in New York in 1954.
In executing the linocut, Matisse brought into play a distinct dimension of sensitivity and tenderness to capture Alexina’s piercing eyes, delicate nose and voluptuous lips.
This linocut displays a delicacy of line and patterning which is enhanced by the intense black and white contrasts.
Teeny’s distinct almond eyes, arching eyebrows are made quizzically to address the viewer.
Capturing the moment before speech, the partially smiling yet separated lips, call to mind the mysterious portrait of Mona Lisa, which imbues the work with a sense of uncertainty, warranting continual study, conjecture and re-evaluation.
This work, which is both bold and dramatic in scale and perspective exudes the love and warmth Matisse felt for Teeny.
Teeny, 1938 is fully documented and referenced in the following publications:
- Duthuit-Matisse, Marguerite – Henri Matisse: Catalogue raisonne de l’oeuvre grave Tome II, Paris
This publication refers to all the original prints created by the artist. More than 800 prints are reproduced and described in these two volumes.
- Claude Duthuit – Catalogue raisonne des ouvrages illustres, 1983
This catalogue made by Claude Duthuit is an inventory of all the books illustrated by Henri Matisse
- Neret Giles, Henri Matisse, 1996, Koln, Taschen, 1996
Biographical Details of the Artist:
Henri-Emile-Benoît Matisse was born on December 31 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France. He grew up in Bohain-en-Vermandois and studied law in Paris from 1887 to 1888. By 1891, he had abandoned law and started to paint. In Paris, Matisse studied art briefly at the Académie Julian and then at the École des Beaux-Arts with Gustave Moreau. In 1901 Matisse exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris and met another future leader of the Fauvism movement, Maurice de Vlaminck. His first solo show took place at the Galerie Vollard in 1904. Like many avant-garde artists in Paris, Matisse was receptive to a broad range of influences. He was one of the first painters to take an interest in 'primitive' art. His subjects were primarily women, interiors and still lifes. In 1913 his work was included in the Armory Show in New York. From the early 1920s until 1939 Matisse divided his time primarily between the South of France and Paris. During this period, he worked on paintings, sculptures, lithographs and etchings, as well as on murals for the Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania, and set and costume designs for Léonide Massine's ballet Rouge et Noir. In 1951 a major retrospective of his work was presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and then travelled to Cleveland, Chicago and San Francisco. In 1952, the Musée Matisse was inaugurated at the artist's birthplace of Le Cateau-Cambrésis. He died on November 3, 1954 in Nice.
Stock number: H428/911