FIRST EDITION, WITH SIGNED MATISSE ETCHING. MAX WEBER’S COPY.
AN OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION COPY: Max Weber’s copy, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper.
Max Weber, the great Russian-American Cubist painter, studied under Matisse in Paris. Matisse “interested him especially. So much so that… he helped to form with the Bavarian Hans Purrmann a small class to study under Matisse.” Matisse’s teaching and work would heavily influence the young Weber: “No American prior to 1913 had so effectively absorbed the insights of Picasso and Matisse.” (Max Weber, Retrospective Exhibition; Scott and Rutkoff, New York Modern.)
Additionally signed on the limitation page by Matisse’s son, the art dealer Pierre Matisse. With 50 full-page plates of Matisse’s drawings of women, in addition to the frontispiece etching of Matisse’s daughter (“Mlle. M.M”) on chine collé and signed in ink by Matisse below the image. Produced to coincide with Matisse’s exhibition of the drawings at Bernheim-Jeune in 1920. One of 1000 copies issued, although in most extant copies the frontispiece has now been removed.
With preface by Charles Vildrac. Paris: (The Author), 1920. Quarto, original wrappers; custom box. Spine perished and reinforced at an early time. General wear to wrappers. Text block split and loose. Plates exceptionally clean. Note: Without the rare dust jacket issued in some copies in Pierre Matisse’s possession.
Housed in stunning custom box by celebrated book artist Sjoerd Hofstra. A beautiful book with an important association.
Price: $9,500 .