Matisse, Henri (1869 – 1954)

Magnificent original drawings by Henri Matisse, dedicated to one of his models

A marvellous vintage matte-finish 4.75″ x 6.25″ portrait of Henri Matisse by André Ostier, signed and inscribed in the lower border in fountain pen, ‘A Mademoiselle Monette Vincent, respectueusement, Henri Matisse, 21/12/42’, along with a striking sketch of a flower. On the reverse, Matisse draws a wonderful sketch of a female face — very likely that of the dedicatee, Monette Vincent, who modelled for him. Also signed below the image in pencil by the photographer, ‘A. Ositer’. In very fine condition and extremely rare and desirable in this format.

Matisse painted several portraits of Monette Vincent in 1942, including the oil La femme en rose. With two original sketches from the hand of the master — drawn on a high-quality portrait of himself — this is a superior, museum-worthy Matisse autograph.