A highlight of our New York 20th Century Week auctions, Henri Matisse’s ‘La blouse verte brodée’ is a boldly coloured painting of an intimate view. #Christies20thCentury
The work shows his studio assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, relaxing in the embroidered blouse of the title. Delectorskaya joined Matisse’s household in 1932, but it was 3 years later that the artist noticed her potential as a model. She quickly became central to the creation of a string of masterpieces.
Property from a Distinguished Private European Collection. Henri Matisse (1869–1954), ‘La blouse verte brodée’, 1936. Oil on panel, 6 ⅜ x 8 ⅝ in. (16.1 x 22 cm.). Estimate: $1,500,000–2,500,000.
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale – 13 November at Christie’s New York
MATISSE/FRATINO on show: “Nude in the studio”
lithograph on paper, sheet size: 8 1/2 x 9
3/4 inches, plate size:
8 x 10 1/2 inches,
The drawings that Matisse produced in the mid-1930s were those he valued as amongst his very greatest achievements. And finely reproduced as they are here, they astonish, delight and seduce everyone who sees them by their verve, their audacity and their voluptuousness. Made in pen and ink, admitting of no correction, devoid of shading or hatching they are, as Matisse said of them, 'the most direct expression of my emotion'. These portraits and drawings of models reclining in and against profusely patterned textiles and ornamented backgrounds, are miracles of pure line, of fluid arabesques seemingly spontaneous and free, yet rationally controlled to embody the height of exoticism and sensuality. The naked and clothed models, mirrors, reflections of sprawling limbs and of the artist himself or his own hand drawing, spread in waves across the whiteness of the paper to beguile us and take our breath away at Matisse's sheer virtuosity in making a simple line evoke the complexities of space and form. There was no delay in recognizing these miracles of draughtsmanship as a sort of pinnacle of perfection and in 1936 Christian Zervos reproduced a selection of them in his journal Cahiers d'Art. #henrimatisse#matisse#cabinetprintemps#matissefratino#exhibition#lithograph#modernart#fauvisme#linedrawing