Woman Leaning on Her Hands

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

4 3/8 x 9 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (11.1 x 24.5 x 19.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Incised (proper left thigh): HM 10/0

  • Provenance

    The artist (until his d. 1954); Estate of Henri Matise, Paris (1955-); Pierre Matisse, New York (from the estate of Henri Matisse, January 1958 - his d. 1989); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989 - her d. 2001); Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA).

  • Exhibition History

    "Salon d'automne," Grand Palais, Paris, October 1-November 8, 1908, no. 915 [unspecified cast];

    "Manet and the Post-Impressionists," Grafton Galleries, London, November 8, 1910-January 15, 1911, no. 14 [unspecified cast];

    "An Exhibition of Sculpture - the First in America - and Recent Drawings by Henri Matisse," Little Galleries of the Photo Secession, New York, March 14-April 6, 1912, exh. cat., no. 2 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Galerien Thannhauser, Berlin-Lucerne, February 15-March 19, 1930, exh. cat. with intro. by Hans Purrmann, no. 85, pp. 24, 26, ill. [unspecified cast];

    "Sculpture by Henri Matisse," Brummer Gallery, New York, January 5-February 7, 1931, exh. cat., no. 4 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse Retrospective Exhibition," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 3-December 6, 1931, exh. cat. with introduction by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and essay by artist from 1908, no. 154, ill. n.p. [not our cast];

    "Master bronzes, selected from museums and collections in America," Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, February 1937, exh. cat. with essay on modern bronzes by Stephan Bourgeois, no. 162, ill., n.p. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture," Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 3-May 9, 1948, exh. cat. with preface by Henry Clifford, no. 96 [not our cast ];

    "Henri Matisse," Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lucerne, July 9-October 2, 1949, exh. cat. with texts by A. Troller, Jean Cassou, and H.P. Landolt, no. 272 [unspecified cast];

    "The Cone Bequest," Baltimore Museum of Art, October 1949, exh. cat. by Adelyn D. Breeskin, Baltimore Museum of Art Bulletin (October 1949), no. 111, p. 22 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Maison de la pensée française, Paris, July 5-September 24, 1950, exh. cat. with preface by Louis Aragon, no. 79 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 13, 1951-January 13, 1952, Cleveland Museum of Art, February 5-March 16, 1952, Art Institute of Chicago, April 1-May 4, 1952, San Francisco Museum of Art, May 22-July 6, 1952, exh. cat. with intro by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., no. 78 [not our cast];

    "An Exhibition of the Sculpture of Matisse and 3 Paintings with Studies," Tate Gallery, Millbank, London, January 9-February 22, 1953, exh. cat. with preface by Philip James and intro by Jean Cassou, no. 11 [unspecified cast];

    "The Sculpture of Henri Matisse," Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, February 10-28, 1953, exh cat. with excerpt from Barr 1951, no. 9 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Skulpturer, Malerier, Farveklip," Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, November 6-December 6, 1953, exh cat. with foreword by Haavard Rostrup, and introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 10, ill. [unspecified cast];

    Taidehalli Konsthallen, Helsinki, 1954, exh. cat., no. 10;

    "Henri Matisse," Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, February 20-March 7, 1954, exh. cat. with foreword by Haarvard Rostrup, and introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 10, pp. 12, 15 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1954, exh. cat. with introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 10 [unspecified cast];

    "Matisse," Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, April 16-June 8, 1954, exh. cat. with preface by J.C. Ebbinge Wubben and intro. by Jean Cassou, no. 10 [unspecified cast];

    "Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 1-27, 1955, exh. cat. with foreword by Perry T. Rathbone and intro by Jean Cassou, no. 10 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, and Drawings," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18-October 16, 1955, exh. cat. with preface by Lee Malone and intro. By Jean Cassou, no. 10 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, das plastische Werk: sa?mtliche Plastiken des Meisters sowie Zeichnungen, Graphik und Collagen als Leihgaben der Sammlung Ahrenberg, Stockholm, der Familie des Ku?nstlers und aus Schweizer Privatbesitz," Kunsthaus Zurich, July 14-August 12, 1959, exh. cat. with foreword by R. W., and essays by Eduard Hüttinger and Ulf Linde, no. 14, p. 7, ill. [unspecified cast];

    "Exposition Henri Matisse, 1869-1954: peintures, dessins, gouaches, sculptures, gravures," Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, July 11-September 15, 1961, exh. cat. with preface by Edouard Julien, and intro by Jacques Lassaigne, no. 107 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Retrospective 1966," UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles, January 5-February 27, 1966, Art Institute of Chicago, March 11-April 25, 1966, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 11-June 26, 1966, exh. cat. with essays by Jean Leymarie, Herbert Read, and William S. Liebermann, no. 99, pp. 21, 125 (ill.), 193 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse" (venue of UCLA 1966), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 5-July 3, 1966, exh. cat. with excerpts from a letter by Henri Matisse to Mr. Henri Clifford, and "Notes of a Painter" by Henri Matisse, no. 99 [not our cast];

    "The Sculpture of Matisse," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 24-May 1, 1972, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 20-August 6, 1972, University Art Center, University of California, Berkeley, September 18-November 5, 1972, exh. cat. by Alicia Legg, no. 17, pp. 16 (ill.), 51 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse Sculptures," Musée Matisse, Nice, July 29-September 29, 1974, exh. cat. by Colette Audibert, with preface by Jean Leymarie, no. 12, pp. 11, 21, ill. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Dessins et Sculpture," Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, May 29-September 7, 1975, exh. cat. with introduction by Dominique Bozo, essay by Dominique Fourcade, catalogue by Dominique Fourcade and Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, no. 174, ill. p. 194 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: dessins et sculpture / tekeningen en sculpturen" (venue of Paris 1975), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, September 27-October 26, 1975, exh. cat. with introduction by Dominique Bozo (in French and Flemish), no. 166 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Sculptor-Painter: A Formal Analysis of Selected Works," Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, May 26-September 2, 1984, exh. cat. by Michael P. Mezzatesta, no. 7, pp. 52-53, ill. [not our cast];

    "The Sculpture of Henri Matisse," City Art Center, Edimburgh, August 3-September 15, 1984, Hayward Gallery, London, October 4, 1984-January 6, 1985, City Art Gallery, Leeds, January 18-March 24, 1985, exh. cat. ed. by Catherine Lampert, with essay by by Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, transl. by David Macey, no. 15, ill. n.p., pp. 10, 29, 30, 145 [not our cast];

    "Matisse et l'Italie," Museo Correr, Venice, May 28-October 18, 1987, exh. cat. edited by Pierre Schneider, with essays by Pierre Schneider, Attilio Codognato, Xavier Girard, Christian Arthaud, and Giandomenico Romanelli, entries by Tamara Préaud, no. S11, pp. 170 (ill.), 228 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse 1869-1954: Skulturen und Druckgraphik / Sculptures et gravures, Kunstmuseum, Bern, November 30, 1990-February 10, 1991, exh. cat. by Xavier Girard and Sandor Kuthy, no. 14, ill. p. 32 [not our cast];

    "Matisse, sculptures-dessins, dialogue," Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, November 6, 1993-February 6, 1994, exh. cat. by Dominique Szymusiak, pp. 44-47, ill. fig. 29 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculpture," C&M Arts, New York, September 23- December 12, 1998, exh. cat. with essay by Jack Flam, no. 5, ill. n.p., and checklist n.p. [not our cast];

    "The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, exh. in three parts, September 28, 2004-January 30, 2005, no cat. [our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Figure, Couleur, Espace," Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, October 29, 2005-February 19, 2006, and Fondation Beyeler, Basel, March 19-July 9, 2006, exh. cat. with essays by Ernst beyeler, Christoph Vitali, Ulf Küster, Philippe Büttner, Isabelle Monod-Fonatine, and biography & bibliography by Melanie Horst, Peter Kropmanns, and Maria Müller, p. 188 [not our cast];

    "La Colección Pierre & Maria-Gaetana Matisse en The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York / The Pierre & Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," Museo Picasso, Malaga, March 26-June 24, 2007, exh. cat. edited by Bernardo Laniado-Romero, texts by Pierre Schneider and Jonathan Pascoe Pratt, ill. p. 143, no. 42, pp. 189, 190 [our cast];

    "Matisse: Painter as Sculptor," Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, January 21-April 29, 2007; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June 9-September 16, 2007; and Baltimore Museum of Art, October 28, 2007-February 3, 2008, exh. cat. by Dorothy Kosinski, Jay McKean Fisher, & Steven Nash, with essays by Steven Nash, Dorothy Kosinski, Jay McKean Fisher, Ann Boulton, & Oliver Shell, and catalogue by Heather MacDonald, Jed Morse, Oliver Shell, ill. inside front cover and p. 18 (sculptures on a windowsill inside Matisse's studio), no. 24, pp. 88,124-131, 268, ills. pp. 20, 127-128 [not our cast].

  • References

    Christian Zervos, "Sculptures des peintres d'aujourd'hui," Cahiers d'art, vol. 3, no. 7 (1928), ill. p. 286 [unspecified cast] ;

    Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public (New York 1951 and 1974), ill. p. 326 [not our cast];

    Henry J. Seldis, "Matisse Sculpture Carves Niche in Fame" (review of LA, Chicago, Boston 1966), Los Angeles Times (February 6, 1966), p. 2, ill.;

    Albert E. Elsen, "The Sculpture of Matisse, Part II: Old Problems and New Possibilities," Artforum, vol. 7, no. 2 (October 1968), p. 25, ill.;

    Herbert Read, "Le Sculpteur, " in : Hommage à Henri Matisse, Numéro spécial de XXe Siècle (Paris 1970), p. 122;

    Albert E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse (New York 1972), pp. 61-63, ill. pl. 72-74;

    Donald E. Gordon, Modern Art Exhibitions, 1900-1916 (Munich 1974), vol. 2, pp. 558-559 (1912 NY exh. checklist);

    Jack Flam, Matisse, the man and his art, 1869-1918 (Ithaca & London 1986), pp. 178, 180, ill. fig. 170 [not our cast];

    Jean Laude, La peinture française (1905-1914) et " l'art nègre " : Contribution à l'étude des sources du fauvisme et du cubisme (Paris 1968), p. 214, ill. pl. 36 [unspecified cast];

    Pierre Schneider, Matisse, transl. by Michael Taylor and Bridget Strevens Romer (Paris & New York 1984 and 1992), pp. 541, 545 (ill.), 548; and revised edition (Paris & London 2002), ibid.;

    Claude Duthuit, Henri Matisse: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, in collaboration with Wanda de Guébriant, with preface by Yve-Alain Bois (Paris 1997), no. 17, pp. 42-43 (ills.), 310-311, 340, 352;

    "Departmental Accessions," The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Annual Report for the Year 2003-2004 (November 9, 2004), p. 20;

    Joséphine Matamoros and Dominique Szymusiak, Matisse-Derain: Collioure 1905, un été fauve, exh. cat. (Musée départemental de Céret, and Musée Mtisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 2005-2006), pp 43, 44 (fig. 30), 235 (fig. 183).

    Magdalena Dabrowski in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 84-85, 158, ill.

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