Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Title: Petite Aurore
Medium: Original Lithograph, 1923, in black ink, on Chine paper, signed by the artist in pencil lower right
Size: Image: 200 x 135 mms; Sheet size: 290 x 375 mms
Note: In 1922 Matisse, who had made almost no lithographs since 1914, embarked on a series of nudes inspired with an Oriental theme. He had travelled in Arab lands and employed Islamic decor surrounding these. By the end of 1925 he had made almost 50 prints averaging around 10 a year. His depiction of the female figures were described as as “Odalisques”. They are all nude or scantily clothed models often dressed in summer frocks as they sit beside bouquets of flowers or incline on couches.
An odalisque (Turkish: odalık ) was a Chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish seraglio, particularly the court ladies in the household of the Ottoman Sultan. If an odalık was of extraordinary beauty or had exceptional talents in dancing or singing, she would be trained as a possible concubine. If selected, an odalık trained as a court lady would serve the sultan sexually and only after such sexual contact would she change in status, becoming thenceforth one of the consorts of the sultan.
Edition: 43/50; There were also 5 Trial Proof sand 10 artists proofs
Reference: Claude Duthuit “Henri Matisse : Catalogue Raisonne de l’oeuvre grave : Number 436
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986
Printed by : M. Duchâtel, Paris,
Published by : The artist
Tate Gallery, London : https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/matisse-little-aurore-p11048
Victoria & Albert Museum, London: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O738215/petite-aurore-print-matisse-henri/
Bibliotheque National, Paris
Museum of Art, Chicago
Art Institute, Los Angeles, University of California
Provenance: Saidenberg Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York (Their label verso). This prominent Gallery was the representative of Picasso in America and dealt in quality works by prominent School of Paris artists.
27/9/2018: Another from the same edition: Bernard Jacobson, London. Illustrated in their catalogue and priced at US$60,000 https://issuu.com/bernard_jacobson_graphics/docs/hmatisse_prints_-_online__smaller_