Of exceptional rarity, preserved for more than a century in the same Pyrénées-Orientales collection, the painting by the French painter André Derain, representing the artists Matisse and Terrus, will be presented in the next sale of impressionist and modern art from Christie’s on April 9, 2024 in Paris.
Never seen before in 120 years. The masterpiece “Matisse et Terrus” by André Derain, a crucial piece in the genesis of Fauvism, will be unveiled for the first time on April 9, 2024 at Christie’s in Paris. And put on sale at a price of three million euros. However, the acquisition of this historical piece, which will be disputed between a major private collector, an institution or even the State, could reach new heights.
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Directly from the collection of the famous Elne painter Etienne Terrus to whom it was probably given by its author shortly after 1905, this gem celebrates the friendship between the three artists, at the very origin of the Fauve movement. That summer, the two Parisian avant-garde painters imbued themselves with “the special light” of the pearl of the Catalan country and met Etienne Terrus. André Derain will make this unique stay on the Côte Vermeille a turning point in his career but also in the birth of a revolutionary painting which opens the way to modern art.
Only one piece known to date kept in Philadelphia
From Derain’s Colliourec work comes this palette with vibrant flat areas. “An orgy of pure tones” ( as described a few months later during the Paris Autumn Salon in 1905) where Matisse, pipe and red beard seated alongside Terrus, gaze fixed on the painter, take a relaxed pose, probably on the Racou beach, in Argelès- on sea. For the moment, we only knew the counterpart or the draft of this painting, representing Matisse alone at the same table, kept at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States.
“What an honor for Christie’s France to present Matisse and Terrus“, rejoices Valérie Didier, director of evening sales and collection sales. “This painting offered for sale is distinguished by a richer complexity, which makes it a remarkable discovery not only for the art market, but also for the history of art.
A masterful spotlight on Etienne Terrus, the major place he occupied among the great artists of his time. But also on the work, seriously mistreated by forgers for several years, of the man who has established himself as one of the best-known Roussillon painters.