Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
“I believe study by means of drawing to be essential. If drawing belongs to the realm of the Spirit and color to that of the Senses, you must first draw to cultivate the Spirit and to be able to lead color through the paths of the Spirit.” –Henri Matisse
Matisse’s drawings were seldom studies for paintings, and even when they were preparatory to a painting of the same subject, they were almost invariably conceived and executed as works in their own right. The following selection of drawings illustrate the phases of Matisse’s long career and the varied media and techniques in which he worked. From his early academic studies as a student; the tantalizing Odalisques and the refined charcoal and estompe drawings of the Nice period; the reductive, flowing lines of India ink in the late 1930s and 1940s; and the final chapter of drawing with scissors in which paint and paper were transformed into a world of plants, animals, figures, and shapes, these works offer direct insight into Matisse’s evolving creative process.