HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954)
Etude autour de La blouse roumaine
stamped with initials 'HM' (lower right)
pen and India ink on paper
1638 x 1278 in. (41.5 x 32.8 cm.)
Drawn in 1939
Estate of the artist.
Pierre Matisse, New York.
Pierre-Noël Matisse, Paris (by descent from the above).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
Georges Matisse has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
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This drawing is from a series of works depicting Romanian blouses that Matisse executed in December 1939 in Nice, without a model. The same motif appears in La blouse roumaine, an oil on canvas now housed at The Centre Pompidou in Paris, which the artist begun around the same time as the present work and completed in April of 1940.

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