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Henri Matisse "Three Sisters" boxed notecards

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) was an artist who rejected his classical training in favor of flat planes of unbridled color and bold use of line. His daring style transformed early twentieth-century art and continues to captivate audiences today.

Three Sisters was the product of Matisse’s experiment with multiple-subject portraiture that began in 1916. Matisse’s early interest in exotic fabrics and brightly patterned textiles often emerged in his paintings, evident here as the models pose in costumes ranging from Moroccan dress to modern prints. His characteristically bold color palette also appears in all three portraits.

The images in this notecard set, though originally conceived as a triptych, were divided among different owners until Dr. Albert Barnes reunited them in the Barnes Foundation collection in Pennsylvania, where they are joined by dozens of Matisse paintings created across the length of the artist’s career.
Eighteen assorted 4 x 9¼ in. blank notecards (6 each of 3 designs) with envelopes, in decorative box. Printed on recycled paper. Designs include: Three Sisters and the “Rose Marble Table” (Les Trois soeurs à “La Table de marbre rose”), 1917, Three Sisters with an African Sculpture (Les Trois soeurs à la sculpture africaine), 1917, and Three Sisters with Grey Background (Les Trois soeurs sur fond gris), 1917.