HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954)
Femme et études d’yeux
signed with initials 'HM' (lower right)
pencil on paper
1112 x 1514 in. (29.3 x 38.8 cm.)
Drawn circa 1942
Estate of the artist.
Pierre Matisse, New York.
Pierre-Noël Matisse, Paris (by descent from the above).
By descent from the above to the late owner.
Georges Matisse has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
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The present work is related to an illustrated letter Matisse wrote to Aragon on 16 February 1942, in which he discusses the importance of signs, such as eyes and mouths, in his visual language.

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