The Last Works comprise 40 lithographs that were designed by Matisse just before he died.
Based on his larger cut-out designs, the lithographic plates were completed in 1954 and finally published in 1958 as a tribute to Matisse. Despite their 60 year age, these lithographs are in perfect condition.
In 1953-54, Matisse worked with renowned lithographer Fernand Mourlot and the art publisher Tériade to reinterpret his cut-out works as lithographs. Matisse had already worked many times with Tériade, including on the famous Jazz Portfolio in 1947. His lithographs were frequently included in Verve magazine, Tériade’s quarterly review of arts and letters in France. Fernand Mourlot worked with many of the great artists of the period, including Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.
Matisse oversaw the first proofs for the publication in 1954, including the cover design, however he died before the magazine could be published. Consequently, this special edition of Verve - published in 1958 - became a tribute to Matisse’s final years and was titled ‘Dernières Oeuvres de Matisse 1950-54’ (Last works of Matisse). The publication featured 40 original lithographs based on his final cut-outs and complete copies are now rare.
A changing exhibition of new work from the gallery artists.
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A two-man show of contrasting landscapes from Carmarthenshire up to Snowdonia.
Duncan uses a range of media for his paintings. They are often complex and colourful, yet subtle in their approach. They exude a real sense of honesty.
David's oils are hugely sensitive and considered but his rich use of colour and light impasto alow him to capture perfectly the drama of the North Walian landscape through changing weather.
Plagued with ill health, Gareth has sadly been unable to paint now for many months. Despite this, on a recent visit to see him at his studio in Llangennith, he showed me what he’d been working on before he was taken ill. Together we curated what may well be his last solo exhibition but we hope his recovery will once again allow him paint again with vigour.
This exhibition comprises 30 paintings of Wales, Provence and a few Scottish Isles.