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  • Artist Biography

    Henri Matisse

    French • 1869 - 1954

    The leading figure of the Fauvist movement at the turn of the 20th century, Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the giant of modern art alongside friend and rival Pablo Picasso. Working as a painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor for over five decades, he radically challenged traditional conventions in art by experimenting with vivid colors, flat shapes and distilled line. Rather than modeling or shading to lend volume to his pictures, the French artist employed contrasting areas of unmodulated color. Heavily influenced by the art and visual culture of non-Western cultures, his subjects ranged from nudes, dancers, odalisques, still lifes and interior scenes and later evolved into the graphic semi-abstractions of his cut-outs of his late career. 

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Property from a Private New York Collection

160

Two illustrated letters

1948
Two letters with original addressed envelopes, written in ink and blue crayon, with drawing in red and blue crayon, on wove paper,
both letters S. 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (26.7 x 21 cm)
both hand-written and signed by the artist, folded at vertical and horizontal centers, both in very good condition, both framed.

Estimate
$3,500 - 4,500 

Sold for $3,750

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