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Matisse Bastille Day work to be auctioned


A painting by Henri Matisse, celebrating the first Bastille Day in France after World War I, is to be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York.

Bouquet for July 14, 1919, which goes on sale on 5 May, is expected to fetch between $18m (£11.8) and $25m (£16.5m).

Sotheby's said the work "heralds the fresh and colourful style that would define Matisse's career from 1919".

A private European collector bought the painting in 1982 for $1.3m (£860,000) - a record at the time for a Matisse.

Emmanuel Di Donna, of the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Sotheby's in New York, said it was an expression of Matisse's joy and optimism at the end of the war, and followed a difficult personal period for the artist.

The colourful painting, which measures 116cm by 89cm and depicts a bouquet of flowers on a table, will be exhibited in Hong Kong and London before being auctioned in New York.

The record for a Matisse was set in in Paris in February 2009, for his 1911 piece Cuckoos on a Blue and Pink Carpet, which fetched $45.2m (£29.7m)



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