VERVE

Verve 1

Category
Artist’s Name
Edition
«Various»
Henri Matisse
1937, Paris
The first volume of Verve contains:
  • Colored paintings’ plates by Watteau, David, Delacroix, Courbet, Corot, Bonnard, Matisse, Derain, Maillol, Léger, Miró, Borès
  • 15th century ’s miniatures, printed in double space, colored with gold.
  • Texts by Gide, Élie Faure, Lorca, Vollard, Matisse, Raynal, Michaux, Bergamin.
  • Also, the first part of the text ‘’Psychology of art’’ by Malraux

This rich illustration is part of a priceless manuscript commissioned in the early 16th century by King Louis XII. In this miniature, a naked goddess Aphrodite stands next to her temple as she watches the chariot of love trailed by all the great lovers of antiquity. The poet and his shadow are watching the entire event from a spot to the right of Aphrodite at a short distance from the crowd. The originals of these anonymous works are kept at the National Library, in Paris.

This beautiful manuscript was intended to educate the future King Francois I. This opulently illuminated pedagogical text is based on an allegoric poem about the game of chess. In the first illumination the teacher guides his pupil to an orchard where they find Pallas Athena, Hera and Aphrodite. In the second illumination, god Poseidon is surrounded by sirens as he strikes a rock from where a white horse emerges. Finally, in the third illumination god Apollo watches the dance of the Muses. The originals of these anonymous works are kept at the National Library, in Paris.