Etching by Matisse up for auction

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

An etching by Henri Matisse will feature in a Country House sale organised by a Shrewsbury auction house.

The sketch

The sale, on May 15 at Halls' sale rooms in Battlefield, will see an important collection of works on paper put up for auction by a private collector.  These will include a number of Dutch 17th century drawings and engraving from the ‘Golden Age of Painting’ and significant 20th century printmakers such as Graham Sutherland, James Abbott McNeil Whistler and Henri Matisse.

Many were purchased by the vendor when she started collecting in the 1970s from the London rooms so they have been out of the market for 50 years.

One of the highlights is a pen and ink drawing of an Italianate landscape Attributed to Johannes Glauber, estimated at £500-700.

For those with more modern taste there is an etching by Henri Matisse estimated at £1,000-2,000. Matisse was obsessed with the simplification of the female figure and his etchings stand testament his refinement of that progress.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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