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    Sale 7702

    Impressionist/Modern, Day Sale

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 345

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

    Paysage suisse (Route de Chézières à Villars)

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    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    Paysage suisse (Route de Chézières à Villars)
    signed 'H.Matisse (lower left)
    oil on canvas laid down on board
    9¼ x 13¼ in. (23.8 x 33.7 cm.)
    Painted in Spring 1901

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    Madame Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this painting.

    The present work belongs to a series of small mountain landscapes Matisse executed in the spring of 1901 while convalescing in Villars-sur-Ollon in the foothills of the Alps. These 'cartes postales' demonstrate the artist's increasing rejection of representational art that by 1905 would culminate in the masterpieces of his fauve style. Later that year, he would exhibit his work for the first time at the Salon des Indépendants, where Marquet would say that of all the artists represented, only he and Matisse used pure colour (G. Duthuit, Les Fauves, Geneva, 1949, p. 60).

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    Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, by whom acquired from the artist on 15 February 1908.
    The artist, by whom reacquired from the above on 13 October 1916.
    Walter Schwarzenberg, Brussels.
    Galerie Barreiro, Paris, by 1936.
    Mr Olsson, Stockholm.
    Acquired from the above circa 1950; sale, Sotheby's, London, 28 June 1989, lot 126.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 22 June 1993, lot 148.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    A. Barr, Matisse, His Art and His Public, New York, 1951 (illustrated p. 309).
    G. Diehl, Henri Matisse, Paris, 1958, no. 15 (illustrated p. 100). J. Flam, Matisse, The Man and His Art 1869-1918, London, 1986, no. 58 (illustrated p. 80).
    G.P. & M. Dauberville, Matisse, vol. I, Paris, 1995, no. 39 (illustrated p. 349).


    Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, Henri Matisse, February - March 1910, no. 14.
    Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, La montagne, July - August 1911, no. 24.
    The Hague, Musée de la Ville, Exposition d'art français, 1936, no. 88; this exhibition later travelled to Amsterdam, Société Arti et Amicitiae.