Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Title: Portrait de Madame Matisse (s.9502)
Portrait of the artists wife
Medium: Original Drypoint Etching, 1914, in black ink, on velin paper (With what looks like a bull’s head watermark), signed by the artist in pencil lower right
Size: Plate size : 19 x 108 mms, Paper size: 380 x 280 mms, framed 50 x 44 cms
Note: Amélie Noellie Matisse-Parayre was born on February 16, 1872 in Beauzelle, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France as Amélie Noellie Parayre. She was married to Henri Matisse and they had two children. She died on November 12, 1958 in Paris. She and her painter had something of a difficult relationship and they were separated shortly after the War.
Our etching was published more than 30 years after the plate had been made. At the time of the First World War the artist made a series of small etchings depicting his friends, their wives and families including this portrait of his wife.
Reference: Claude Duthuit “Henri Matisse : Catalogue Raisonne de l’oeuvre grave : Number 15
Edition: Essai (Trial Proof). There were 2 Trial proofs and an edition of just 10 signed and numbered proofs.
Published: In 1948
Public Collections: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Provenance: American Collection