Henri Matisse - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    P. N. Matisse Gallery, Beverly Hills
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1965

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, UCLA Art Galleries; Art Institute of Chicago; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Matisse Retrospective, 5 January - 26 June 1966, no. 168, pp. 150-151, 198 (illustrated, p. 150)
    San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Henri Matisse: An Exhibition of Selected Works in Homage to Frank Perls, 18 September - 25 October 1975, no. 10 (illustrated, p. 11)

  • Literature

    Waldemar George, Dessins d' Henri Matisse, Paris, 1925, no. 44 (illustrated)

  • 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 Collector


Nu aux bras levés

signed 'Henri Matisse' lower right
charcoal on paper
31.5 x 48.3 cm (12 3/8 x 19 in.)
Executed in 1921.

The authenticity of this work was confirmed by Wanda de Guébriant on 25 September 2007 as confirmed by the Archives Matisse.

£200,000 - 300,000 ‡♠

Sold for £237,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019