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    Sale 2047

    Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper

    7 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 572

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

    Grenade

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    Grenade
    signed and dated 'H. Matisse 49' (lower right)
    pen and India ink on paper
    13 x 9½ in. (34.9 x 24.1 cm.)
    Drawn in 1949


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    Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this drawing.

    The present drawing of a pomegranate was executed by Matisse for Verve, the French art periodical founded by publisher Estafrios Tériade in 1937. The magazine, published between 1939 and 1960, was a quarterly review of arts and letters. Verve was lavishly designed and challenging in content. Its covers and interior pages featured works by a veritable promenade of well-known modern artists of the 20th century--Marc Chagall, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Matisse, among others.

    Provenance

    Galerie de France, Paris.
    Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles.
    Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 10 November 1999, lot 79.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Literature

    Verve, Paris, October 1948, vol. VI, nos. 21-22 (illustrated).