I made this print in response to the massacre of 130 people in Paris in the evening of Friday the thirteenth of November 2015. Many more were injured, many more had their lives shortened, many more had their hearts broken.
Almost a hundred years ago the great French artist Henri Matisse designed costumes for the ballet Le Chant du Rossignol (the song of the nightingale). The work would lead him into the making of cut-outs, for which he was to become such a famous exponent twenty years later. One of his designs for the ballet was a Mourner’s Costume, and a garment made up now hangs in the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva. In these days people don’t dress in mourning clothes as they used to but I feel such formalities may still have their place. In the print Matisse’s Mourning Costume is set over the Tricolore, as an expression of sympathy for a city, a country, a world, in mourning.
All proceeds received by myself from any sale of these prints will be passed onto the charity Médecins Sans Frontières. This print would fit straight into a 10 x 12 inch frame.
three colours of printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300 gsm
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