(Emile Benoît) Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869-1954 Nice (French)

Title: Odalisque with Brasero and Bowl of Fruits | Odalisque, brasero et coupe de fruits, 1929

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 38 x 57.2 cm. / 14.9 x 22 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Henri Matisse” in the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 100, in the lower right margin. There were also a small number of artist’s proofs aside from the standard edition of 100.
This composition was inspired by a painting realised by the artist in Nice titled “L’Odalisque couchée, Harmonie Rouge, 1927”.

Note: An odalisque was a female slave or concubine in an Ottoman seraglio, especially the Imperial Harem of the sultan. The Odalisque became a highly inspiring subject for painters during the 19th century. The motif even contributed to an art movement called Orientalism. This term was used to qualify paintings that depited lifestyle in Middle East. Delacroix is one artist often associated with Orientalism. Henri Matisse visited the French colonies in North Africa (Algeria in 1906 and Morocco in 1912–13) where the brilliant light, exotic environment and Moorish architecture inspired a new body of work. His odalisques have been described by art historian Roger Benjamin as ‘elaborate fictions’ in which the artist re-created the image of the Islamic harem using French models posed in his Nice apartment. The fabrics, screens, carpets, furnishings and costuming recalled the exoticism of the ‘Orient’ and provided a theme for Matisse’s preoccupation with the figure and elaborate pattern.

Other impressions of this work are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Literature: Duthuit C. (1983). Henri Matisse: Catalogue Raisonné de L’Oeuvre Grave Tome II, Paris.
Reference: Duthuit 504

Condition: Very good condition. A skilfully repaired tear in the upper left sheet edge measuring 35 mm.