• Impressionist Modern Day Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2217

    Impressionist Modern Day Sale

    4 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 295

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

    Vénus accroupie ou Michel-Ange

    Price Realised  


    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    Vénus accroupie ou Michel-Ange
    signed with initials, numbered and stamped with foundry mark 'HM 3 C. VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE' (on the top of the base)
    bronze with dark brown patina
    Height: 10½ in. (26.7 cm.)
    Conceived in Nice, 1918-1919; this bronze version cast in 1951

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    Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this sculpture.


    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

    Christie's is privileged to offer a select group of paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Balthus, Victor Brauner, and Yves Tanguy from the Estate of Pierre-Noël Matisse in the fall Impressionist and Modern Art sales in New York. Pierre-Noël Matisse, grandson of Henri Matisse, inherited an encyclopedic and extraordinary collection of works--not only by Matisse but by a pantheon of 20th Century masters--from his prodigious parents Pierre Matisse and Alexina "Teeny" Duchamp. This formidable family must have provided a fascinating childhood. While his father Pierre Matisse is considered one of the most influential dealers of the 20th century, having introduced artists such as Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet to America, his mother "Teeny" Duchamp led an adventurous and offbeat life having later married the artist Marcel Duchamp.


    A.E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, New York, 1972, p. 142, no. 190 (another cast illustrated).
    C. Duthuit and W. de Gubriant, Henri Matisse, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, Paris, 1997, p. 178 (another cast illustrated, p. 179).