Saturday 14 December 2019

Masterpiece by Matisse could fetch up to €15m at auction

Sotheby's gallery assistant Freddi Privite adjusts Odalisque Au Fauteuil Noir by Henri Matisse, with an estimate between 9-12 million, ahead of the auction house's forthcoming February 2015 Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Auction, in central London (Nick Ansell/PA Wire)
Sotheby's gallery assistant Freddi Privite adjusts Odalisque Au Fauteuil Noir by Henri Matisse, with an estimate between 9-12 million, ahead of the auction house's forthcoming February 2015 Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Auction, in central London (Nick Ansell/PA Wire)
Matisse's oil painting, which was completed in Nice in January 1942, shows one of his favourite subjects - Nezy-Hamide Chawkat, an exiled Turkish princess. She was the great-granddaughter of the last sultan of Turkey and fled to France with her grandmother when the royal family lost power (Nick Ansell/PA Wire)

Robert Dex

A painting of an exiled Turkish princess by one of the 20th century's greatest artists could sell for around €15m when it goes under the hammer next year.

The Odalisque Au Fauteuil Noir by Henri Matisse has gone on view at Sotheby's London galleries and will go under the hammer in February.

Matisse's oil painting, which was completed in Nice in January 1942, shows one of his favourite subjects, Nezy-Hamide Chawkat.

She was the great-granddaughter of the last sultan of Turkey and fled to France with her grandmother when the royal family lost power.

A recent exhibition of paper cut-outs by Matisse smashed visitor records to become the Tate's most popular exhibition.

He started using paper when ill-health prevented him from painting and the display of his work at Tate Modern in London drew more than half a million visitors.

Irish Independent

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