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Loulou au chapeau fleuri, 1914

Print

Etching on Chine appliqué on wove paper

11.02 x 7.40 in

28.0 x 18.8 cm

Edition of 15

Signed and numbered in ink lower right

$20,000
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About The Work

In the seven years after his woodcuts of 1906 Matisse had made very few prints but in 1914 he turned back to printmaking with enthusiasm making about 8 or 9 lithographs, over 60 etchings and about 9 monotypes.  Matisse's depression of spirit caused by the war may have led him to work on a smaller scale than before, just as it caused him to renew his interest in music and the violin.  Most of the etchings of this period are portraits of his friends.  They include Madame Derain, Mme Galanis, Mme Gris, all wives of artists, Mme La Forge, Mme Vignier and her little daughter, Irene, who was the subject of our etching anf 6 others in a series. Some of these may have been commissioned and some of the subjects may have been paid sitters. Possibly Matisse planned to publish the series, or a selection from it, in an album but in the end they were all created in small editions of 5 to 15 proofs. Loulou Brouty was a professional model who had spent the summer with the Matisse family in a remote fishing village in 1909. The whole family liked her and she was especially good with the children. She was a typical Parisienne, earthy and tough, with dark hair, catlike features, a lithe body and skin so richly tanned by summer's end that Matisse's pupils nicknamed her "the Italian sunset." She modelled for Matisse for some year after this and her portrait, made in the time of the First World War, is very charming. The cancelled plate exists.

Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

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