Lot #400
Henri Matisse

Matisse feeds his birds: "The big ones eat sunflower seeds"

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Estimate: $800+


Matisse feeds his birds: "The big ones eat sunflower seeds"

ALS in French, signed “H. Matisse,” one page, 8.25 x 10.5, November 24, 1941. Letter to Madame Andre Pardon, part (translated): "I am touched by the kind letter I received this morning and I thank you profusely for the packet of…seeds that you gave to my secretary. You are prolonging my little birds' lives by several days. The big ones eat sunflower seeds. I hope that when you have some time to waste in Nice you will consider giving me the pleasure of a visit." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Matisse's hand and incorporating his name, "H. Mattisse," as part of the return address on the flap. As birds were a recurring motif in Matisse's work, this is a particularly desirable and intriguing letter.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #580 - Ended April 08, 2020

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