Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse
Still-Life with a Chocolatière
Brush and black ink.
9 1/16 x 11 3/4 inches (231 x 299 mm)
Thaw Collection.
© 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Signed at lower right, Henri. Matisse.

Edward Bragaline, New York; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

Watermark: none.
This boldly executed drawing is a study for a painting now in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Shortly before 1900, Matisse's drawing style changed radically from its naturalistic origins to the expressive manner of this sheet, in which conventions of line and modeling are abandoned, contours obliterated, and volumes indicated by reserved white areas. "To copy the objects in a still life is nothing," Matisse wrote, "One must render the emotion they awaken." The silver chocolatière--a pot for serving hot chocolate--was a wedding present to Matisse and his wife from the painter Albert Marquet (1875 - 1947) and appears in several of Matisse,s paintings and drawings.

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