Henri Matisse - Etude de Nu


Study of a nude

Verso: Composition (see note below)

Medium: Original drawing, pen and ink on paper, circa 1900, signed by the artist in pencil lower right

Size: 11 5/8 x 9 in. (29.6 x 22.8 cm).

Note: This is typical of the drawings the artist made at this time. This drawing has an intriguing composition verso, depicting a famous chocolate pot donated by Marquet to Matisse at the end of the XIXth century. This composition is closely related to an ink drawing in the Musee Matisse at Le Cateau Cambresis, and it might be a monotype of it .


A private collection in Eaton Square, London

It should be noted that when the item was auctioned by Christies it was stuck down to an ugly sheet of plastic which, doubtless, accounted for the fact that it did not sell well. At the time of the sale the interesting second drawing, verso, could not be seen. An excellent and careful paper conservator managed to take it off the plastic and it is now in perfect condition.

Authentication: In the Christies sale catalogue its stated that Mme Wanda de Guebriant has seen this drawing prior to the sale above and declared it to be authentic. The details are now passed to George Matisse who will eventually be providing certification.