• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7747

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    17 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 56

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

    Etude pour la Vierge 'Tête voilée' (D.-M. 639)

    Price Realised  


    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    Etude pour la Vierge 'Tête voilée' (D.-M. 639)
    lithograph, 1950-51, on Annam appliqué, signed and inscribed epr. d'artiste in pencil, numbered 12/15, an artist's proof aside from the edition of two hundred, with margins, trimmed, the paper slightly toned, a flattened crease in the upper margin
    L. 280 x 230 mm., S. 483 x 365 mm.

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    A gift from the artist to Mme. Denise Arokas.

    Pre-Lot Text

    From the collection of Madame Denise Arokas.

    From the collection of Madame Denise Arokas.

    In 1951, at the age of 19, Denise Arokas left her home town of Avignon for Paris. Shortly after her arrival, she met Lydia Delectorskaya, Henri Matisse's companion, who offered her a job as the aging artist's nurse in Nice. Over the following year, Arokas would become the artist's muse, acting as the model in several important works, including the large collage 'La tristesse du Roi' (Muse National d'Art Moderne, Pompidou Centre). The following three lots were gifts from the artist and bear affectionate dedications in his hand.