French artist Henry Matisse’s paintings inspire Guerlain’s new limited-edition collection

Guerlain invited Maison Matisse for the first ever collaboration to release two creations based on Matisse’s palette.

Guerlain X Maison Matisse Perfume Candle

January 13, 2023: Since 1828, art has been a rich source of inspiration for Guerlain perfumes. This inspiration has been amplified since 2005 with Guerlain Haute Parfumerie encompassing two remarkable celebrations of the art of perfumery. The Maison is pursuing its Exceptional Creations series, reprising and deepening support for contemporary artists and artisans, by commissioning precious numbered limited-edition designs. The second is the L’Art & La Matière collection, a fascinating fragrance laboratory, where Guerlain perfumers find creative inspiration in the emotions evoked by works of art to compose fragrance that transcends the olfactory signatures as perfume becomes art.

As a part of the second initiative, Guerlain launched The Bee Bottle Maison Matisse Edition and Jasmine Bonheur in collaboration with Maison Matisse, founded by Jean Matthieu Matisse, the great grandson of the late painter Henry Mattise. Ann-Caroline Prazan, Guerlain Director of Art, Culture and Heritage says, “We are extremely fortunate to have Maison Matisse show its trust in us for these new creations. Our partnership is anchored by shared values of excellence, exacting standards and elegance, joined by a mutual love of beauty, nature and art,”

Guerlain X Maison Matisse Perfume Candle

The Bee Bottle Maison Matisse Edition holds a fragrance as sunny as the artist’s palette. The unique bottle is embellished with emblematic motifs inspired by La Musique, a painting done by Matisse in 1939. Only 14 unique hand-painted signed and numbered bottles contain the Couleur Bonheur extrait de parfum, which has a fruity chypre composition.  

Jasmin Bonheur is inspired from the painter's masterpiece Les Mille et Une Nuits and is available in only 1000 adorned cases worldwide. The fragrance itself reveals a vibrantly colorful jasmine, tinted with joyful hues – from the radiant orange apricot notes to the vibrant purple of iris and soft rose pink – in a precious limited-edition work of art that evokes Henri Matisse’s brilliant palette. The bottle has a decorative plate atop the cap. Hearts, jasmine flowers and leaves are interpreted in a vibrant palette of fuchsia pink, lemon yellow, sunny orange, emerald green, Mediterranean blue and joyful red for the pack. 

Guerlain X Maison Matisse Perfume Candle

The collection also includes the Figue Azure scented candle, evoking a stroll in the shade of Mediterranean fig trees, in a limited edition of 500 pieces worldwide.

- By Pritha Debroy

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