Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954), Vénus assise

Conceived in 1918 and cast in a numbered edition of 10. Inscribed with the initials HM, numbered 5/10 and stamped with the foundry mark C. Valsuani cire perdue Bronze. 22.8 cm. Est. 200,000—300,000 USD

PROVENANCE: (possibly) Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, 1950
B.C. Holland, Chicago
Acquired from the above circa 1965

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Albert E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, New York, 1972, pp. 138-141, figs. 187-89, illustrations of another cast
Alicia Legg, The Sculpture of Matisse, New York, 1972, no. 51, illustration of another cast, p. 33
Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, London & New York, 1984, no. 53, illustration of another cast
Claude Duthuit, Henri Matisse, L'Oeuvre sculpté, Paris, 1997, no. 61, illustration of another cast p. 171

Sotheby's. Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale. 05 May 09. New York www.sothebys.com Photo courtesy Sotheby's