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Henri Matisse
MADEMOISELLE YVONNE LANDSBERG
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Henri Matisse
MADEMOISELLE YVONNE LANDSBERG
Estimate
250,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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Henri Matisse
1869 - 1954
MADEMOISELLE YVONNE LANDSBERG
Signed Henri-Matisse and dated Juillet 1914. (lower right)
Charcoal on paper
25 3/4 by 20 in.
65.6 by 50.8 cm
Executed in Paris in July 1914. 
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the late Madame Marguerite Duthuit-Matisse. 

Provenance

Family of the artist
Private Collection (acquired directly from the above in 1978 and sold: Christie's, New York, May 10, 2001, lot 111)
Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

London, Hayward Gallery & New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Drawings of Henri Matisse, 1984-85, no. 31, illustrated in the catalogue
Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Michelangelo to MatisseDrawing the Figure, 1990-2000, no. 171, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Jack D. Flam, Matisse: The Man and His Art, 1869-1918, Ithaca, 1986, no. 390, illustrated p. 391

Catalogue Note

A superb example of Matisse's skill as a draughtsman, this delicate portrait of Yvonne Landsberg was completed in July 1914, mere weeks before the outbreak of World War I. Somber in mood and emphatically modern in its stylization of the human figure, the work illustrates Matisse's transition from a joyful Fauve concerned primarily with color to one influenced by Cubism and affected by political discord.

The Landsbergs were a wealthy family of Brazilian ex-patriots living in Paris at the time. Yvonne's brother, an admirer of Matisse's work and a friend of the artist, commissioned a drawing of Yvonne Landsberg in the spring of 1914. Over the subsequent weeks, Yvonne was a frequent sitter for Matisse, whose exploration of his subject culminated in a large oil portrait, one of the artist's most daring and radical work of this period (see fig. 1). The Landsberg family departed Paris for Brazil in August 1914, as the specter of armed conflict hung palpably in the air. 

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