This image is presented as a "thumbnail" because it is protected by copyright. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts respects the rights of artists who retain the copyright to their work. Title:The Poems of Charles of OrléansArtist:Henri Matisse
Mourlot Freres, Paris Date:1950Creation Place:Europe, France, ParisCredit Line:Gift of Bruce B. DaytonImage Copyright:Â© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkAccession Number:B.75.3.1
The Poems of Charles of Orléans is Matisse's last and most thoroughly integrated book. Its frontispiece pairs a striking image of the author, Charles d'Orléans, one of the foremost lyric poets of the 15th century in France, with a title page rendered in Matisse's own florid handwriting. Matisse created 54 full-page illustrations for this lavish book, but it is the colorful decorations and ornate texts that create the sumptuous feel of the book.