Lot 6

Henri Matisse (1869-1954): Etude pour La Danse

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000
Sold for

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$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
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$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

Pencil on paper, 1931-32, unsigned.

9 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (sheet), unframed.

Note: The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Georges Matisse.

This work is a study for La Danse, the large mural commissioned by Albert Barnes for the Barnes Foundation. Matisse visited the Barnes Foundation collection in 1930 on a trip to the US and met with Barnes to view the Matisse holdings in the collection. Barnes proposed the idea of a site-specific mural, allowing Matisse to chose the subject himself. Matisse returned to Nice and began the project, making the preliminary sketches and drawings in a rented studio.


Pale staining at the left sheet edge and a few scattered foxmarks. Otherwise in good condition.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.