On 27 February, Christie’s offers four works from different periods of the great colourist’s career that demonstrate how he saw his models as collaborators who challenged him to attain ever greater heights of creativity
‘I depend entirely on my model,’ wrote Henri Matisse in 1939. The artist was drawn to powerful women whom he considered his collaborators, challenging and inspiring him to greater heights of creativity. Yet it is fair to say he demanded much of them. As his biographer Hilary Spurling writes, ‘They had to learn to live with the unbearable tension Matisse generated when working.’
Their reward was to be depicted as sensuous Ottoman odalisques or dancing girls in blazing strokes of red, ultramarine and yellow. On 27 February, paintings by Matisse of his models that span the great colourist’s remarkable career will be offered for sale at Christie’s in the Hidden Treasures auction.