Galerie d'Orsay acquired several significant full suites from artists like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Donald Sultan this month. Several have already started finding homes so reach out swiftly if you've been eyeing one of these superb artworks for your own collection!
In 1944, Henri Matisse illustrated Henri de Montherlant’s ‘Pasiphae, Chant de Minos’, as a fresh rendition of the classical story between Pasiphae and the Minotaur. When King Minos refuses to sacrifice a bull to the god Poseidon, Poseidon curses his wife, Queen Pasiphae, to fall in love with the bull and give birth to the half-human, half-bull Minotaur.
For each scene, Matisse selected a favorite phrase from de Montherlant's Pasiphaé and interpreted it in several different ways. True to his style, the images respond not to the tale's tragedy but to universal themes of passion, feminine beauty, and love.
Picasso's Los Toros
Four lithographs illustrating the bullfights and picadors Picasso so greatly loved. Picasso uses rapid gestural lines to create these spirited scenes that mirror the energy and fervor of the Spanish bullfights.
Lysistrata, the third and concluding play of Aristophanes' War and Peace Series, is named after the ambitious heroine of the play who aims to end the Peloponnesian War by organizing a sex strike among the women of the warring regions. Picasso illustrated this wonderful tale at the height of his classical period in the 1930s. In six etchings, Picasso depicts this comical and surprisingly modern story written in 411 BC.
Sultan's newest edition of his iconic Poppies in six colors using enamel inks, flocking, and tar-like texture on Rising 4-ply museum board.