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Portrait of Mary Hutchinson by Henri Matisse on Sotheby’s Auction

Portrait of Mary Hutchinson by Henri Matisse on Sotheby’s Auction
Henri Matisse’s “Portrait of Mary Hutchinson,” 1936, charcoal and estompe on paper, 66.4 by 50cm (est. £2,000,000-£3,000,000)

Sotheby’s offers a beautiful portrait of Mary Hutchinson created by Henri Matisse for the London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale scheduled on June 19, 2018. The famous portrait was created when the Jewel of the Bloomsbury Group, Mary Hutchinson & the Master of the Modern Form, Henri Matisse sat together. The work of art will be offered from the Collection of the Family of the Sitter and is to go under the hammer as part of Sotheby’s Sale.

Thomas Boyd-Bowman, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Specialist stated: “Executed with the utmost elegance and economy of means, this charcoal portrait presents the fascinating Mary Hutchinson, one of Bloomsbury’s most stylish luminaries. Portraits of named sitters by Matisse come to the market exceptionally rarely, and this stunning image is one of only a handful ever created of a British subject. Sotheby’s is honored to be entrusted with sale of this important work by the family of the sitter, whose son, the late Lord Hutchinson of Lullington, was a truly inspiring figure; a masterful criminal barrister, politician and dedicated promoter of the arts.”

The painting was created in the Paris studio of Henri Matisse back in June 1936 where Mary Hutchinson came to be the sitter for the commissioning of the two portraits among which, the one presented in Sotheby’s auction was the one that the sitter bought off from the artist. The portrait depicts the then writer and a powerful social figure, Mary Hutchinson. She was one of the key members of the Bloomsbury Group. She was not only powerful but had everything in her favor to be equally persuasive. She was a fascinating, fashionable and a multifaceted woman. Artist Henry Tonks once told her: “What an unusual power you have, you are no ordinary person.”

Hutchinson was famous for being an active patron of arts spanning her whole life. She had the intelligence as well as the cosmopolitan outlook to attract a niche of notable writers and painters. She was raised in Florence and arrived in London only after 1909. She became intimately associated with the Bloomsbury Group. She had numerous friends and a very warm circle of literati and artistic people. She became one of those handfuls of English women whose portraits were drawn by Matisse. The painting will be presented in the Sotheby’s auction on June 19 and the pre-estimate of the painting ranges between £2,000,000 and £3,000,000.

Mary Hutchinson wrote to her son Jeremy, in a letter dated June 12, 1936, from Paris: “You can imagine my state of mind – because there is no one I would rather be drawn by, if I have to be drawn.”


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