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Henri Matisse

Portrait of Emma

crayon on paper
43,8 x 28,3 cm / 17 1/4 x 11 1/8 in.
with signature stamp lower right

During World War I, Matisse was not able to hire professional models. He created portraits of the wives of artist friends, such as Madame Derain, Mme Gris und Mme Dimitrios Galanis, or of acquaintances. The artist was very much interested in music and also knew several musicians, of whom he also made portraits, such as Juan Massia, a violinist, and Carlos Olivares, a cellist. The present work is one of a series of drawings of Emma LaForge, a Parisian violinist. Matisse also created a number of etchings of Emma, as well as monotypes, of which some are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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