Henri Matisse - Petite Aurore


Little Aurore

Original Lithograph, 1923, in black ink, on Chine paper, signed by the artist in pencil lower right

Size:   Image: 200 x 135 mms; Sheet size: 290 x 375 mms

Note: In 1922 Matisse, who had made almost no lithographs since 1914, embarked on a series of nudes inspired with an Oriental theme. He had travelled in Arab lands and employed Islamic decor surrounding these. By the end of 1925 he had made almost 50 prints averaging around 10 a year. His depiction of the female figures were described as as “Odalisques”. They are all nude or scantily clothed models often dressed in summer frocks as they sit beside bouquets of flowers or incline on couches.

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.

Edition: 50; There were also 5 Trial Proof sand 10 artists proofs

Reference: Claude Duthuit “Henri Matisse : Catalogue Raisonne de l’oeuvre grave : Number 436

The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

Printed by : M. Duchâtel, Paris,

Published by : The artist

Public Collections:

Tate Gallery, London : https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/matisse-little-aurore-p11048

Victoria & Albert Museum, London: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O738215/petite-aurore-print-matisse-henri/

Bibliotheque National, Paris

Museum of Art, Chicago

Art Institute, Los Angeles, University of California

Provenance: Saidenberg Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York (Their label verso). This prominent Gallery was the representative of Picasso in America and dealt in quality works by prominent School of Paris artists.


27/9/2018: Another from the same edition: Bernard Jacobson, London. Illustrated in their catalogue and priced at US$60,000 https://issuu.com/bernard_jacobson_graphics/docs/hmatisse_prints_-_online__smaller_