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Henri Matisse
BUSTE DE FEMME AVEC BLOUSE À CARREAUX
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LOT SOLD. 350,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE WEST COAST COLLECTION

Henri Matisse
BUSTE DE FEMME AVEC BLOUSE À CARREAUX
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 350,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Henri Matisse
1869 - 1954
BUSTE DE FEMME AVEC BLOUSE À CARREAUX
Signed Henri Matisse and dated 4/39 (lower right)
Brush and ink on paper
24 7/8 by 19 5/8 in.
63.2 by 59.9 cm
Executed in April 1939. 
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Madame Marguerite Duthuit-Matisse.

Provenance

Jacques Dubourg, Paris
Lionel Prejger, Paris
Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
The Waddington Galleries, London
Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York
Acquired from the above

Exhibited

Tokyo, Yayoi Gallery, European Art of the 18th, 19th, 20th Centuries, 1974, n.n.
Paris, Berggruen & Cie., Matisse, Dessins au pinceau, 1983, no. 8, illustrated in the catalogue
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Aquarelle, Gouachen, Zeichnungen, 1988, no. 66, illustrated in the catalogue

Catalogue Note

Fearing the threat of German invasion, Matisse fled Paris for the Hôtel Régina in 1939, returning to the grand rooms which had been his home and studio in Nice. Fascinated by textile decoration and ornamentation, he transformed the space with paintings, mirrors, curtains, wallpaper and decorative screens, creating a theatrical setting in which to depict his models. Although he suffered intermittently from ill health and was at times confined to bed, Matisse produced some of his most life-affirming compositions during this period. Amid the exotic splendors of tropical plants, exotic textiles and a stream of bird-song issuing from his aviary, Matisse executed a series of drawings which were among his final great accomplishments before he devoted himself to his cut-outs. Buste de femme avec blouse à carreaux illustrates Matisse’s ability to capture the complexities of the female form in a few simple lines, while also showcasing the checkered pattern that adorned both subjects and backgrounds in his work in Nice. Alfred Barr characterized Matisse’s work at this time as a “complete synthesis after fifty years of study and ceaseless research in which academic, impressionist, quasi-primitive, arbitrarily abstract and comparatively realistic styles were all put to the test” (Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse, His Art and His Public, New York, 1951, p. 237).

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