Henri Matisse - Signed, Hand-Written Letter (ALS) - 1946

Original signed, hand-written letter (ALS), in French, April 19, 1946

Finished size: 8.5 x 5.25 inches; one page, both sides

Fine condition

Accompanied by a carbon copy receipt from B. Altman & Co. who sold the piece in 1977, as well as photographs of it in a framed display

Letter of Authenticity

Letter to a friend, written from Vence on the French Riviera, in full (translated): "I regret not having seen you during my stay in Paris to chat about the book that you are doing at Lezard's—which will certainly be interesting. I am waiting for him to write me about it. I picture you leading the life of a wise man at Mirepoix, working to the rhythm of spring, which must be very beautiful where you are. Here it is almost gone—the temperature is already hotter now than it usually is in the summer. It was very kind of you to write me all about my son's adventure—I hope that it doesn't turn out so bad. I will receive your son, or any of those you send me, when I will next be in Paris—Thank you as always for [taking care of] my little girl, I hope that she isn't too noisy—I will relieve you of her within the next few days. Believe in my best wishes."



Henri Matisse

Henri Émile Benoît Matisse (December 31, 1869 – November 3, 1954) was a French artist, leader of the Fauve group, regarded as one of the great formative figures in 20th-century art, a master of the use of color and form to convey emotional expression. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.

His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art. Matisse Lithographs, Prints and Paintings reflect a number of influences: the decorative quality of Near Eastern art, the stylized forms of the masks and sculpture of African, the bright colors of the French impressionists, and the simplified forms of French artist Paul Cezanne and the cubists.



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