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    Sale 5846

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    29 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 41

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

    Femme assise dans un fauteuil

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    Femme assise dans un fauteuil
    signed 'Henri Matisse' (lower right)
    pencil on paper
    14 x 9¼in. (35.4 x 23.2cm.)
    Drawn in Nice between 1918 and 1919


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    The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Mrs. Wanda de Guébriant.
    This sketch by Henri Matisse displays the artist's love of the female form and it recurs as a favourite subject matter throughout his career. Intimate details such as the top of the woman's stockings exemplify the artist's eye for details of dress and costume as the accessories of femininity.

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    Provenance

    Galerie le Nouvel Essor, Paris, 1928
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 22 Apr 1971, lot 42
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 4 Jul 1973, lot 218
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 1 Apr 1987, lot 424