Femme Endormie (descriptive French title)
Ink brush drawing on dark-gray laid paper, no date.
Signed in ink in the image.
A magnificent sketch, drawn by brush in China ink with amazing dexterity and confidence. The contours of the face are elegantly harmonious, the shading on her face suggesting dusk. The woman’s head rests on a pattered lawn chair, its frame echoing the line of her nose. She is wrapped in heavy fabric, looks comfortably cozy, and completely at peace. Whether this profile ever was used by the Fauve master as inspiration for one of his bright paintings is unclear.