Henri Matisse, ‘Port de Cherbourg’, 1918, Opera Gallery

Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this work

Signature: Signed ‘Henri Matisse’ (upper left corner)

Paris, Matisse, œuvres récentes, May 1919, No. 9
Basel, Switzerland, Kunsthall, 1953
Washington D.C., The Obelisk Gallery
New York, The World House Gallery, No. 5106

PUBLIC NOTES: Ever inspired by his travels in Italy, Germany, Spain and North Africa, Matisse’s works of the 1910s and 1920s render the traditional, classic scenes of beauty of landscape and portraiture universal. This 1918 painting contains the signature elements for which the artist is known. Produced with heavy brushstrokes, the flattened pictorial space and saturated colors are indicative of the artist’s Fauvist style, infused with an Impressionistic softness of light and theme.

Bernheim-Jeune collection, Paris
Valotton collection, Lausanne
Gottlen collection, Lausanne
Bellerive collection, Ouchy

About Henri Matisse

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.

French, 1869-1954, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, based in Paris and Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France