In 1918, Matisse settled in Nice. The city fascinated him not only by the charming light, but also because of the people from around the world he encountered there. The artist collaborated with models that originated from the Orient, Russia or North Africa. This sheet is one of the most beautiful depictions from the field of topics 'Arabesques et Odalisques’.
The sheet has been restored and has to be handled with care – unframing and handling without the frame is not recommended. The paper is discolored irregularly. There is a paper loss to the right margin (circa 1 x 2 cm, the piece will be supplied). The upper margin shows a further minor paper loss and three tears. The upper right corner shows major creases.
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
One of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, painter Henri Matisse is best known as a founding member of the Fauvist movement, along with his modernist innovation in painting and sculpture. Born in France, Matisse attended law school before studying art at the Académie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. While studying the Impressionists, he created increasingly experimental works, becoming familiar with the artistic discourse at the turn of the century. Attuned to African and “primitive” art, Matisse began painting using bold colors in broad, flat applications of paint with bold outlines, which developed into his mature Fauvist style in the mid-1900s. He exhibited his work at the Salon des Indépendants and the provocative 1913 Armory Show in New York, and his work was sought after early on by collectors including the famed Gertrude Stein. Held in high critical regard during his lifetime, a retrospective of Matisse’s work opened in 1951 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, traveling all over the United States. In 1952, the Musée Matisse opened in Matisse’s French hometown of Le Cateau-Cambrésis, two years before the artist’s death in 1954.