Henri Matisse Portrait - Madame Monchaux
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Henri Matisse
Madame Monchaux

1916

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A drawing by Henri Matisse. "Madame Monchaux" is a pencil on paper portrait drawing of Madame Monchaux, gazing serenely at the viewer, her hair framing her face, thick eyebrows over deep eyes, her lips slightly parted, by Modern artist Henri Matisse. This piece is accompanied by a photo certificate issued and signed by Wanda de Guébriant as well as a hand-written letter and envelope by Matisse to Monsieur Monchaux, the husband of Madame Monchaux, whom the drawing depicts and to whom the work is dedicated. Signed lower right, "Madame Monchaux Henri Matisse 1916." Provenance: Private Collection, California

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  • Dimensions
    H 13 in. x W 9.5 in.H 33.02 cm x W 24.13 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU934790511
  • Seller Reference Number
    32038
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About Henri Matisse (Artist)

Whether working as a draftsman, a sculptor, a printmaker or a painter Henri Matisse was a master of color. Although classically trained at the Académie Julian, in Paris, he quickly abandoned traditional techniques and genres to pioneer a style all his own, marked by quick, gestural strokes and fluid contours.


     Along with fellow painter André Derain, Matisse was the leading proponent of Fauvism, a movement whose name is derived from the French word for "wild beast.” Marked by vibrant hues, Fauvist paintings like Matisse’s famous 1906 composition Le Bonheur de vivre, use wild, active brushstrokes and a palette unconstrained by nature, resulting in women with purple skin and trees with orange leaves. Often, these compositions unite pure color with the white of exposed canvas to create a sense of transparency and light.


     In addition to masterful landscapes and still lifes, Matisse loved to paint erotic subjects, particularly the female nude. Rejecting strict realism, he distilled the form into its essential parts and then translated these into voluptuous, rounded contours. In pictures like the lithograph Nu Bleu, he explored the expressive power of a body in motion by placing his figures in twisted or conrtorted poses, transforming their limbs into tangles of color and shape that pushfigure painting toward abstraction.

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