Title:Rondo, page from The Poems of Charles of OrléansArtist:Henri Matisse
Charles d’Orléans 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.75.3.2
In this two-page spread, we see how Matisse's handwriting merges with the decorative elements of the book. In his mind, the words and letters of the poems were as integral to the book's design as the fleur-de-lis, the emblem of the French monarchy that punctuates the entire book. It is with the fleur-de-lis that Matisse recalls the poet's lineage as both a nephew and a father of two kings of France.