Matisse enjoys collecting exotic clothes and hangings that he buys during his vacation trips and also from a Parisian dealer. When he settles permanently in Nice a new life begins for him : he starts with Antoinette his Moorish scenes.
His co-operation with Henriette is decisive for this phase of his career. She loves art, music, theater and dance. Her body is healthy and sculptural and she rarely smiles. She enjoys playing Matisse's game and her frank and somewhat authoritarian nudity is not a figure of harem. The artist's family is not mistaken and warmly welcomes her.
Antoinette often appeared nervous. Henriette is cool, in attitudes of everyday life regardless of her costume. Odalisque couchée aux magnolias, oil on canvas 61 x 81 cm painted in 1923, was sold for $ 81M including premium by Christie's on May 8, 2018.
Standing nude from front is highlighting this modern Venus. A full nude painted in 1922 in a Moorish environment, oil on canvas 56 x 34 cm, was sold for £ 4.4M including premium by Christie's on June 27, 2017.
On May 15 in New York, Christie's sells Odalisque mains dans le dos, oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm painted in 1923, lot 9 A estimated $ 15M. Naked down to below the navel, the standing Henriette wears a long transparent exotic skirt with a golden belt. Behind her the screen in toile de Jouy confirms that exoticism was indeed nothing more for the artist than a pretext for revealing beauty.
SOLD for $ 14.4M including premium