Henri Matisse

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Lot 1121
Henri Matisse
French, 1869-1954
Signed Henri Matisse (lr)
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 3/4 inches (40.5 x 32.4 cm)

Galerie Druet, Paris, 1908, no.2877
Professor Braune, Breslauer, Germany, acquired in 1908
Galerie Thannhauser, Luzern, December 16, 1926, no.1123
Galerie Matthiesen, Berlin, 1927
Charles H. Worcester, 1928
Helen Worcester Bradley, gift from Charles Worcester
By descent to the present owner

Ceret, France, Musee d'art moderne Ceret, Matisse-Derain Collioure 1905, un ete fauve, June 18-October 2, 2005
Le Cateau-Cambresis, France, Musee Matisse, October 22, 2005-January 22, 2006


Musee d'art moderne, Ceret and Musee Matisse le Cateay-Cambresis, Matisse-Derain Collioure 1905, un ete fauve, Gallimard 2005, p.81, no.8, illustrated

Matisse painted Un beau matin d''t' in the summer of 1905, during a fourteen-week stay at Collioure, a picturesque fishing village on the Mediterranean by the foothills of the Pyrenees near the Spanish border. It was among the fifteen canvases, forty watercolors, and one hundred drawings that Matisse produced at Collioure that summer. The painting is significant because it was then that Matisse, accompanied by Andr' Derain (1880-1954), abandoned Neoimpressionism and began to paint in a manner that emphasized brilliant, but deliberately unnatural, even distorted color.

Collioure was beginning to attract tourists in 1905, evolving into its present status as a fashionable resort. An early guidebook to the area drew attention to its "intense light, this perpetual dazzlement, that gives a northerner an impression of a new world," and noted that "one is struck above all by the bright light, and by colors so strong and so harmonious that they possess you like an enchantment." These surroundings inspired Matisse to paint such masterpieces as Portrait of Mme Matisse, or The Green Line (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen) and The Open Window, Collioure (private collection).

Shortly after returning to Paris at the end of the summer, Matisse and his followers exhibited their controversial paintings in the notorious Salle VII at the Salon d'Automne. The critic Louis Vauxcelles referred to these radical works as having been painted by fauves, or wild beasts, from which the first modern art movement of the twentieth century soon came to be known.

This work is accompanied by a photocertificate of authenticity from Mme. Wanda de Guebriant.
This work is listed in the archives of the artist as number PY I22.

Estimate: $700,000 - $900,000
Sold for $1,136,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Unlined. A layer of terracotta colored oil paint covers the reverse. Appears to be the original stretcher. Minor frame rubbing, with some scraping particularly at the lower right edge. Canvas shows through around the edges. Very small dent to the left of center, no paint loss or puncture. Some surface dirt, could use a light cleaning. No restoration. Beyond the scraping and mild surface dirt mentioned above in virtually original condition.

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Estimate: $700,000 - $900,000
Sold for $1,136,000 (includes buyer's premium)

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