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Henri Matisse - Demetrius Galanis de trois-quarts

Henri Matisse Demetrius Galanis de trois-quarts

Original Etching, 1915/16 , on Chine Applique  paper,  supported on vellum, signed by the artist in pencil . With full margins.

Size: 90 x 65 mms (Plate size) ; 280 x 187 mms (paper size)

Edition: 15. There is one proof struck from the cancelled plate. There were also 4 state proofs and 2 trial proofs.

Reference:  Catalogue Raisonee de l’oeuvre grave, Claude Duthuit number 69

Provenance:  The stock of Henri M Petiet, Paris. The dealers stamp  H.M.P in an oval, verso. Petiet was one of the most famous art dealers of Paris in the post war era. He bought the stock of Vollard on that dealers untimely death and proceeded to become one of the leading print dealers in Paris. The fact that our piece emanates from this source gives authenticity and prominence to it. 

Note: Demetrius Galanis (1879 - 1966)  was a Greek painter and etcher who exhibited alongside Matisse, Braque, Juan Gris, Dufy, Chagall and Picasso. Matisse and Galanis were in regular, friendly correspondence from the First World War until 1949, and shared many similar interests – both were avid musicians, and often played together, Galanis on the organ and Matisse on the violin.  Galanis received greater critical acclaim abroad in his lifetime than any other Greek modern artist of the early 20th century. The French state honoured him with the highest distinctions: full professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.  He moved to Paris in 1900 and lived in Montmartre.  Examples of his work can be found in the Tate Gallery, London. Another etched portrait exists of the same sitter with a three quarter length portrait (D69). In 1914 Matisse had made a series of portraits of his friends and these included a number of artists wives. These includes Mme Derain, Mme Galanis and Mme Gris.

Public Collections: MOMA, New York, Object Number 44.1951