Henri Matisse, Nu pour Cleveland (Nude For Cleveland), 1932

Artist: Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)
Title:Nu pour Cleveland (Nude For Cleveland), 1932
Reference:Duthuit 233
Medium:Original Etching on Chine Collé
Image Size:14 in x 11 1/2 in (35.6 cm x 29.2 cm)
Sheet Size:19 3/4 in x 15 7/8 in (50.2 cm x 40.3 cm)
Framed Size:30 7/10 in x 27 1/5 in (78 cm x 69 cm)
Edition:Numbered 189/250 in pencil in the lower right margin. Printed by The Print Club, Cleveland, Ohio with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Print Club, Publication No. 12.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Henri Matisse (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 1869 - Nice, 1954) in pencil in the lower right: 'Henri Matisse'.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition, a bold impression with a clearly defined plate mark all around.
ID #w-4078

Historical Description

Using very minimal lines and smooth strokes, Matisse has been able to portray a nude figure whose contrapposto form is translated into a seated position. The angle of her hips are in opposition to the angle of her shoulders, allowing her torso to be curved and shaped ever so slightly. Furthermore, the elongated upper body is continued beyond her shoulders with her elbows outstretched, her hands hanging down her neck. She is set in a lush scene with billowing pillows and a thick cover which envelops her lower body.

Created in 1932, this work was published by the Cleveland Print Club Publication in 1934 and printed on chine collé paper. Hand signed and numbered by Henri Matisse (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 1869 - Nice, 1954)in pencil in the lower right 'Henri Matisse 189/250' (out of the total signed and numbered edition of 250 aside from 6 trial proofs and 10 artist's proofs).

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Duthuit-Matisse, M. & Duthuit, C. (1983). Henri Matisse, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre grave établi avec la collaboration de Françoise Garnaud. Claude Duthuit: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 233 on pgs. 180-1.

2. Certificate of Authenticity from The Print Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.