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    Sale 1902

    Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

    7 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

    Portrait du peintre Pallady

    Price Realised  


    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    Portrait du peintre Pallady
    signed and dated 'Henri Matisse août 39' (lower left)
    charcoal on paper
    24 x 16 in. (61 x 40.6 cm.)
    Drawn in August 1939

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    Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Matisse spent the summer of 1939 in Paris, where he produced portraits of various artist friends. He was particularly drawn to the distinguished and striking appearance of the Romanian painter Theodor Pallady, the sitter in the present work.

    (fig. 1) Photograph of Henri Matisse in a studio in Paris with studies of Pallady, 1939.


    Pierre Matisse, New York (by descent from the artist).
    By descent from the above to the late owner.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Pierre-Noël Matisse


    L. Delectorskaya, Henri Matisse: Contre vents et marées, Peinture et livres illustrés de 1939 à 1943, Paris, 1996, p. 42 (illustrated).