420
420
Henri Matisse
LA BLOUSE ROUMAINE
Estimate
120,000180,000
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420
Henri Matisse
LA BLOUSE ROUMAINE
Estimate
120,000180,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Henri Matisse
1869 - 1954
LA BLOUSE ROUMAINE
Signed H. Matisse and dated 8/42 (upper left)
Pen and ink on paper
20 5/8 by 16 in.
52.5 by 40.8 cm
Executed in August 1942.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Georges Matisse.

Provenance

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Mrs. Atherton Richards (acquired from the above on June 30, 1946)
Bernard Danenberg Gallery, New York (and sold: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, December 17, 1969, lot 73)
Private Collection, United States (acquired at the above sale)
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

A sensuous example of Matisse’s mature drawing style, La Blouse roumaine is characterized by graceful lines. The present work demonstrates the artist's delight in depicting arabesques and floral motifs found in textiles and patterned clothing used to adorn his models. In this case, it was a Romanian garment that fascinated him, and it would go on to be the subject of several drawings and a major oil (see fig. 1). 

Matisse commented that for him drawing did "not depend on forms being copied exactly as they are in nature or on the patient assembling of exact details, but on the profound feeling of the artist before the model that he has chosen, on which his attention is focused, and whose spirit he has penetrated" (quoted in Jack Flam, ed., Matisse on Art, Berkeley, 1995, p. 179).

The interplay between the white space of the sheet and the drawn lines was one that preoccupied Matisse greatly, and something he often addressed in his theoretical writings at this time. He described the role of his models in relation, explaining that they were "never just ‘extras'" in an interior. They are the principal theme of my work... The emotional interest aroused in me by them does not appear particularly in the representation of their bodies, but often rather in the lines or special values distributed over the whole canvas or paper, which form its complete orchestration, its architecture" (quoted in John Elderfield, The Drawings of Henri Matisse, London, 1984, p. 117).

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