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Pasiphaé, chant de Minos (Les Crétois)

Illustrated by Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Author Henri de Montherlant (French, 1895–1972), Publisher Martin Fabiani (active in France, mid-20th century), Printer Marthe Fequet (French, 20th century), Printer Pierre Baudier (French, 20th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Duthuit, p. 51-67; Artist and the Book 198; Castleman, Century of Artists Books, p. 113


Overall: 33.8 x 26.2 x 3.9 cm (13 5/16 x 10 5/16 x 1 9/16 in.) Sheet: 32.5 x 25.3 cm (12 13/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 148 linocuts printed in red and black

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

([Paris:] Martin Fabiani Editeur, 1944) Folio; 136 pages; unbound sheets, within paper wrappers with linocut title and design printed in blue (publisher’s light gray and cream paper box).

Full-page literary illustrations, decorative head- and tailpieces, ornamental bands and initials.

[Paris:] Martin Fabiani Editeur, 1944


Signed in pen and ink by Matisse on the justification page


Succession H. Matisse, Paris; with Ursus Rare Books, New York; from whom purchased by MFA, 26 March 2003.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds given by a member of the Museum Council Fellows


© 2011 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.