La Tristesse du Roi
Beginning in 1938, a deluxe art review publishing house, Verve, under Matisse’s supervision produced a special issue solely dedicated to Matisse’s paper cut-outs. Matisse passed away before this special issue could be published rendering the final volume, Les Dernieres Ouevres de Matisse (The Last Works of Matisse 1950-1954), a tribute. All of the colour images were executed by Matisse with papers coloured in gouache, cut with scissors and pasted into a collage - ‘paper cut outs’ or gouaches découpés was an entirely new technique and medium that Matisse has said made him look at the world differently. Prior to their collaboration with Matisse, Verve produced hard cover art books – predominantly by subscription – featuring different artists and Modern painters. The colour lithographs were printed by Mourlot of Paris and the black and white monochrome images by master printers, Draeger Freres, of Paris. The cover was composed by Matisse especially for the volume. The first lithographs were printed in 1954 under his direction and the succeeding works were completed under the meticulous supervision of his close friend and publisher, Teriade, of Verve. All of the works produced constitute no. 35/36 of the Verve’s art series. The printing was completed in 1958 when the book was released to the public.