Henri Matisse - Nu


Category Henri Matisse Tags drawings

Original drawing, pencil on paper, circa 1930, on BFK Rives (watermarked) paper, signed “Henri - Matisse” by the artist in pencil lower right. PM (Pierre Matisse) in a rectangle (twice) verso. Marked in pencil GG/37 - marked top right. Pierre Matisse Estate reference 202108 marked in pencil (top left)

Size: 10” x 13” (Inches), 25.3 x 33.1 cms

Note: In this period the artist made numerous depictions of nude women or “Odalisques”. An odalisque (Turkish: odalık ) was a Chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish seraglio, particularly the court ladies in the household of the Ottoman Sultan. If an odalık was of extraordinary beauty or had exceptional talents in dancing or singing, she would be trained as a possible concubine. If selected, an odalık trained as a court lady would serve the sultan sexually and only after such sexual contact would she change in status, becoming thenceforth one of the consorts of the sultan.


  1. Pierre Matisse, New York . Pierre Matisse was the artists’s son who set himself up in New York as a very successful Art Dealer in Madison Avenue. The renowned New York gallery opened in 1931 and operated until his death in 1989 exhibited some of the greatest artists of the century, including Balthus, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Georges Rouault, and Yves Tanguy.

2) Pierre-Noël Matisse, Paris (by descent from the above).

3) By descent to the late owner : Jacquelyn Miller Matisse

Jacquelyn Miller was born on November 11th, 1940 to Floyd Roosevelt Miller and Clairiné Spence Miller. The middle of five siblings, she relocated with her family to Chicago in 1949. In Chicago, with its many cultural diversions, Jacquelyn Miller developed interests which would influence her later career. She became interested in dance, both classical and modern, and she developed an interest in art through her many visits to the Art Institute. After college, she worked as a secretary, but after a few years, her wish to see the world became too strong and she packed a bag and left for Europe. Arriving in Paris in 1966, she soon found work dancing for Roland Petit at the Casino de Paris. She also worked for many years as a house model for Yves Saint Laurent. It was in Paris that she met and married Pierre-Noël (Peter) Matisse, youngest grandson of the artist and after this marriage in 1978, much of her life was devoted to Peter and their life together. On Peter’s death in 2006, she devoted her time to travel, often as a representative of the Matisse family, and spent time on various philanthropic activities. On her death in March 2018, she requested that the majority of her estate be given to charitable causes.

4) Christies online Auction (Estate sale)

Authentication: A certificate of authenticity from Mr George Matisse will be provided to the buyer.