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Nasturtiums with the Painting "Dance" I

Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

Date:
1912
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
75 1/2 x 45 3/8 in. (191.8 x 115.3cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
1984.433.16
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    Matisse's representations of his studio often include glimpses of other artwork. Here he depicts the left half of his large canvas, Dance I (1909, Museum of Modern Art, New York). The carefully arranged furniture in the foreground flattens the pictorial space. The back leg of the tripod sculpture stand appears to rest in the grass of the painting behind it. Similarly, the chair in the left corner is placed so that the top rung of its back extends a horizontal purple stripe across the canvas. In a simpler version of this composition (Pushkin Museum, Moscow), this stripe denotes the area of wall visible between Dance I and the studio floor.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower right): Henri-Matisse

  • Provenance

    the artist (1912–13; sold in November 1913 to Flechtheim); [Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, from 1913; sold to Moll]; Oskar and Margarete (Greta) Moll, Berlin, Paris, and Breslau (by 1920–23; sold in May 1923 for $2,000 through Galerie Lutz and Alfred Flechtheim to Thayer); Scofield Thayer, New York (1923–d. 1982; on view at the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass., as part of the Dial Collection, 1931–82; his bequest to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    London. Grafton Galleries. "Second Post Impressionist Exhibition," October 5-December 31, 1912, no. 22 (as "Les Capucines").

    New York. Armory of the Sixty ninth Regiment. "International Exhibition of Modern Art (The Armory Show)," February 15-March 15, 1913, no. 409 (as "Les Capucines").

    Art Institute of Chicago. "International Exhibition of Modern Art (The Armory Show)," March 24-April 16, 1913, no. 246 (as "Nasturtiums").

    Copley Hall, Copley Society of Boston. "International Exhibition of Modern Art (The Armory Show)," April 28-May 19, 1913, no. 127 (as "Nasturtiums").

    Düsseldorf. Galerie Alfred Flechtheim. "Beiträge zur Kunst des XIX.Jahrhunderts und Unserer Zeit," December 21, 1913-January 1914, unnumbered cat. (as "La danse aux Capucines").

    Berlin. Kronprinzen Palais (Nationalgalerie). [Loans from private collectors and dealers], June 21, 1921–October 1922, no catalogue (lent by Moll).

    New York. Montross Gallery. "Original Paintings, Drawings, and Engravings being Exhibited with the Dial Folio 'Living Art'," January 26-February 14, 1924, unnumbered checklist (as "La Danse aux Capucines").

    Worcester Art Museum. "Exhibition of the Dial Collection of Paintings, Engravings, and Drawings by Contemporary Artists," March 5-30, 1924, no. 21 (as "La Dance aux capucines").

    Northampton, Mass.. Hillyer Art Gallery, Smith College. spring 1924, no catalogue.

    New York. The Museum of Modern Art. "Henri Matisse: Retrospective Exhibition," November 3-December 6, 1931, no. 22 (as "Nasturtiums and 'La Danse').

    New York. Pierre Matisse Gallery. "Henri Matisse, "la danse": Sketch for the Moscow Decoration," October 27-November 21, 1936, no. 2 (as "La Danse aux Capucines," 1910, lent by the Worcester Museum, Worcester).

    Worcester, Mass.. Worcester Art Museum. "The Art of the Third Republic: French Painting 1870-1940," February 22-March 16, 1941, no. 23 (as "Nasturtiums and the Dance [La Danse aux Capucines]").

    New York. Pierre Matisse Gallery. "About 30 Years Ago: An Exhibition Reviewing Some of the Works of the Leaders of French Modern Painting in Its Youth," April 13-May 1, 1943, no. 7 (as "Nasturtiums," 1913, lent by courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum).

    Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Henri Matisse: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture," April 3-May 9, 1948, no. 22 (as "Nasturtiums and 'La Danse' [La Danse aux Capucines]," lent anonymously through the Worcester Art Museum).

    New York. Durand Ruel Galleries. "'What They Said'-Postscript to Art Criticism: For the Benefit of the Museum of Modern Art on its 20th Anniversary," November 28-December 17, 1949, no. 14 (as "La Danse aux capucines," lent anonymously through the Worcester Art Museum).

    Providence. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. "Five Modern Old Masters," October 25-November 26, 1950, no. 9 (as "Nasturtiums and 'The Dance,'" lent anonymously through the Worcester Art Museum).

    New York. The Museum of Modern Art. "Henri Matisse," November 13, 1951-January 13, 1952, no. 32 (as"Nasturtiums and the 'Dance,' II," lent anonymously through the Worcester Art Museum).

    Cleveland Museum of Art. "Henri Matisse," February 5-March 16, 1952, no. 32.

    Art Institute of Chicago. "Henri Matisse," April 1-May 4, 1952, no. 32.

    San Francisco Museum of Art. "Henri Matisse," May 22-July 6, 1952, no. 32.

    Portland, Oregon. Portland Art Museum. "Henri Matisse," September 12-October 12, 1952, no catalogue.

    Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. "Modern French Masters," November 28-December 31, 1952, no. 21 (as "Nasturtiums and 'The Dance'," lent anonymously through the Worcester Art Museum).

    Akron Art Institute. "Modern French Masters," January 13-February 16, 1953, no. 21.

    Worcester Art Museum. "Modern French Masters," March 5-April 12, 1953, no. 21.
    o Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial and the Dial Collection," April 30-September 8, 1959, no. 61 (as "Nasturtiums and 'The Dance,' II").

    Worcester Art Museum. "Selections from the Dial Collection," November 13-30, 1965, unnum. checklist.

    Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial Revisited," June 29-August 22, 1971, no catalogue.

    Worcester Art Museum. "'The Dial': Arts and Letters in the 1920s," March 7-May 10, 1981, no. 87 (as "Nasturtiums and 'The Dance,' II").

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection One," February 1-April 1985, no catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection Three," October 22, 1985-January 26, 1986, no catalogue.

    Canberra. Australian National Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," March 1-April 27, 1986, unnumbered cat. (p. 23; as "Nasturtiums and the 'Dance'").

    Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," May 7-July 1, 1986, unnumbered cat.

    New York. The Museum of Modern Art. "Henri Matisse: A Retrospective," September 24, 1992-January 19,1993, no. 149 (as "Nasturtiums with 'Dance' [I]").

    Paris. Centre Georges Pompidou. "Henri Matisse 1904-1917," February 25-June 21, 1993, no. 103 (as "Capucines à 'La danse' I").

    Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "Matisse," March 29-May 16, 1995, no. 64 (as "Nasturtiums with 'Dance' [I]").

    Canberra. National Gallery of Australia. "Matisse," May 27-July 9, 1995, no. 64.

    Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria. "Matisse," July 19-September 3, 1995, no. 64.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painters in Paris: 1895 1950," March 8, 2000–January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat (p. 77; as "Nasturtiums with the Painting 'Dance II'").

    Tokyo. National Museum of Western Art. "Henri Matisse: Processus/ Variation," September 10-December 12, 2004, no. 6 (as "Capucines à 'La Danse'").

    Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf. "Henri Matisse: Figur, Farbe, Raum," October 29, 2005-February 19, 2006, no. 53 (as "Capucines à 'La danse' I").

    Centre Pompidou, Paris, Galerie 2. "Matisse. Paires et séries," March 7–June 18, 2012, unnumbered cat. (p. 76).

    Copenhagen. Statens Museum for Kunst. "Matisse—fordobling og variation," July 14–October 28, 2012, no. 19.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Matisse: In Search of True Painting," December 4, 2012–March 17, 2013, no. 19.

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