• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7839

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    31 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    Henri Matisse

    Nu au Coussin bleu à côté d'une Cheminée (D.-M. 454)

    Price Realised  


    Henri Matisse
    Nu au Coussin bleu à côté d'une Cheminée (D.-M. 454)
    lithogaph, 1925, on light wove watermarked J PERRIGOT ARCHES and MBM, a fine, rich impression, signed in pencil, numbered 23/50 (there were also ten artist's proofs), the full sheet, with deckle edges at the sides and below, some very faint traces of a pencil line along the edge of the subject in places, the top corners torn and re-attached, several repaired short tears at the sheet edges, the subject in very good condition
    L. 636 x 478 mm., S. 753 x 560 mm.

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    Matisse explained his attitude to his model in an article on drawing:
    'They are the principal theme in my work. I depend entirely on my model whom I observe at liberty, and then I decide on the pose which best suits her nature. When I take a new model, it is in complete relaxation that I can see the pose that will best suit her, and to which I am then completely committed...Their forms are not always perfect, but they are always expressive. The emotional interest they inspire in me is not especially apparent in the representation of their bodies, but rather in the lines or particular values distributed over the whole canvas or paper, thus forming their orchestration, their architecture.'
    (H. Matisse, Notes d'un peintre sur son dessin, quoted in: Susan Lambert, Matisse Lithographs, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1972)

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    Walter Pach (1883-1958), New York. Then by descent to the present owners. (See note to lot 103.)

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that there is a short unrepaired tear and associated crease at the upper right sheet corner.

    Pre-Lot Text

    From the Collection of the Late Walter Pach