Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse Pulls Strings at French Museum

Henri Matisse Pulls Strings at French Museum


1p typed letter in French signed by modern artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) as "Henri Matisse" appearing below his typed signature at bottom. Also inscribed with almost ten words in Matisse's hand at top. Written in Vence, France on December 26, 1945. On cream paper. Expected light paper folds and a few bent corners, else near fine. The letter is displayed to the left of a color reproduction of Matisses's The Dance, ca. 1909.  Strikingly presented in a cream mat enhanced with gilt filet measuring 18.625" x 12.25" x .5" overall.


Matisse's correspondent is unidentified, but it could have been Jean Dagron of Nice, France, a journalist and art critic.




"[typed] Vence, 26 Dec. 1945


Dear Sir,


[inscribed] I lobbied Mr. Salles regarding your candidature. [typed] With my regrets, I forward the letter concerning you from the Director of the French Museums.


I hope that the affair of the statue of Maillol is on track to being realized and that thanks to your perseverance the project will be done in the best possible way.


I beg that you receive my best wishes for the New Year, and the expression of my best sentiments.





[signed] Henri Matisse."


This letter reveals that, in addition to being one of twentieth-century's France most talented artists, Matisse also lobbied on behalf of this work associates. In this way, he used his tremendous influence to advance his friends' careers.


Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) was a French sculptor, painter, and printmaker best known for his monumental sculptures of nude recumbent figures. The context of the letter suggests that the correspondent was contemplating undertaking a statue depicting Maillol--or one inspired by the latter's works--since Maillol had died two months before in an automobile accident.


Several years after this correspondence, and despite being bed-ridden and wheelchair-bound following abdominal cancer surgery, Matisse completed one of his self-proclaimed masterpieces: the decoration of the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence between 1948-1951. Matisse's convalescence led him to experiment with decoupage. The chapel for a chapter of Dominican nuns would later be entirely decorated by Matisse, literally from floor to ceiling. Matisse's design can be seen in the roof, doors, murals, stained glass, fonts, ecclesiastical garments, crucifix, and candlesticks.


This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.



Item: 67221

Price: $3,000.00
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