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    Sale 2046

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    6 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 268

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)


    Price Realised  


    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    signed with initials 'H.M.' (upper left)
    oil on panel
    5½ x 7 1/8 in. (14 x 18.1 cm.)

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    Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this painting.


    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 from the Estate of Pierre-Noël Matisse in the November 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.

    This rare assortment of works offers an intimate glimpse into the prolific and varied oeuvre of Henri Matisse. The works range from rare fauve paintings that demonstrate his mastery of color and distinctive gestural brushwork to his iconic odalisques and masterful portraiture in a range of media. The Estate of Pierre-Noël Matisse offers collectors the rare opportunity to acquire exceptional works of art that have until now remained quiet treasures of the artist's family.