FA
Forum Auctions

After Henri Matisse by Jacques Villon.

Signed and numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil, with full margins, 630 x 898 mm (25 3/4 x 35 1/4 in) (unframed).

Please Note: This lot is sold subject to Artists Resale Rights, details of which can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

Medium

The eldest brother of Marcel Duchamp, caricaturist, illustrator, and painter Jacques Villon traded in his given name (Gaston Emile Duchamp) in homage to Alphonse Daudet’s novel Jack (1876) the poet François Villon. Initially noted for humous political cartoons, he soon turned to more serious "Belle Époque" style of printmaking, influenced by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Eventually, he committed himself to painting, which he saw as "a method of prospecting, a manner of expression." As his style developed, he forged a unique blend of flat, geometric Cubist forms and a luminous palette worthy of the Impressionists. Villon was among the French artists who flirted with pure abstraction in the 1920s, producing compositions based on color theory. Ultimately however, he returned to painting portraits and landscapes, and would continue contributing illustrations and original prints to publications.

High auction record
$1.2m, Sotheby's, 2004
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Curated Modern & Contemporary Editions AuctionRoGallery
2019
Muse & MotifCristea Roberts Gallery
Beauty, Shared: A Collector's VisionDICKINSON
View all

Henri Matisse was a leading figure of Fauvism and, along with Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the modern era. In his paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, Matisse experimented with vivid colors, Pointillist techniques, and reduced, flat shapes. “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter,” he once said; his subjects of choice included nudes, dancers, still lifes, and interior scenes. Matisse’s animated brushwork and seemingly arbitrary application of bright colors, as in Woman with a Hat (1905), would prove foundational to Fauvism, while his similarly radical The Red Studio (1911) was a seminal, nearly monochromatic study in perspective. Later in life, physically debilitated, Matisse would turn to making bold, cut-paper collages. He has influenced a wide range of important 20th-century painters, from Hans Hofmann and Milton Avery to Tom Wesselmann and David Hockney.

High auction record
$80.8m, Christie's, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation CollectionAmerican Federation of Arts
2017
Matisse in the StudioMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
2015
THE OASIS OF MATISSEStedelijk Museum Amsterdam
View all

Odalisque sur la terrasse (G & P 633), 1922

Lithograph printed in colours on Arches paper
24 4/5 × 35 2/5 in
63 × 89.8 cm
Edition of 200
.
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by these artists? Consign with Artsy.
FA
Forum Auctions

After Henri Matisse by Jacques Villon.

Signed and numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil, with …

Medium

The eldest brother of Marcel Duchamp, caricaturist, illustrator, and painter Jacques Villon traded in his given name (Gaston Emile Duchamp) in homage to Alphonse Daudet’s novel Jack (1876) the poet François Villon. Initially noted for humous political cartoons, he soon turned to more serious "Belle Époque" style of printmaking, influenced by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Eventually, he committed himself to painting, which he saw as "a method of prospecting, a manner of expression." As his style developed, he forged a unique blend of flat, geometric Cubist forms and a luminous palette worthy of the Impressionists. Villon was among the French artists who flirted with pure abstraction in the 1920s, producing compositions based on color theory. Ultimately however, he returned to painting portraits and landscapes, and would continue contributing illustrations and original prints to publications.

High auction record
$1.2m, Sotheby's, 2004
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

Henri Matisse was a leading figure of Fauvism and, along with Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the modern era. In his paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, Matisse experimented with vivid colors, Pointillist techniques, and reduced, flat shapes. “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter,” he once said; his subjects of choice included nudes, dancers, still lifes, and interior scenes. Matisse’s animated brushwork and seemingly arbitrary application of bright colors, as in Woman with a Hat (1905), would prove foundational to Fauvism, while his similarly radical The Red Studio (1911) was a seminal, nearly monochromatic study in perspective. Later in life, physically debilitated, Matisse would turn to making bold, cut-paper collages. He has influenced a wide range of important 20th-century painters, from Hans Hofmann and Milton Avery to Tom Wesselmann and David Hockney.

High auction record
$80.8m, Christie's, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
More from this series
View series
Other works by Jacques Villon
Related works
Related artists