The Goldfish Bowl

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

winter 1921–22
Oil on canvas
21 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (54.3 x 65.4cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower right): Henri-Matisse

  • Provenance

    Gaston Bernheim de Villers, Paris (until 1923; sold on April 23, 1923 to Bernheim-Jeune); [Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 1923; stock no. 23355; sold on July 20, 1923, for $1,000, 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

    Paris. MM. Bernheim-Jeune. "Exposition Henri-Matisse," February 23–March 15, 1922, no. 22 (as "Nature morte, poissons rouges et fruits").

    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 "Gold Fish [sic]").

    Worcester Art Museum. "Exhibition of the Dial Collection of Paintings, Engravings, and Drawings by Contemporary Artists," March 5–30, 1924, no. 22 (as "Gold Fish [sic]" ).

    Northampton, Mass.. Hillyer Art Gallery, Smith College. "The Dial Collection," spring 1924, no catalogue.

    New York. The Museum of Modern Art. "Henri Matisse: Retrospective Exhibition," November 3–December 6, 1931, no. 63 (as "Bowl of Goldfish").

    Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. "Modern French Masters," November 28–December 31, 1952, no. 20 (as "Goldfish," lent anonymously through Worcester Art Museum).

    Akron Art Institute. "Modern French Masters," January 13–February 16, 1953, no. 20.

    Worcester Art Museum. "Modern French Masters," March 5–April 12, 1953, no. 20.

    Cambridge, Mass.. Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University. "Matisse: A Museum Course Exhibition," May 9–June 8, 1955, no. 8 (as "Goldfish," lent anonymously through the Worcester Art Museum).

    Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial and the Dial Collection," April 30–September 8, 1959, no. 64 (as "Goldfish").

    Worcester Art Museum. "Selections from the Dial Collection," November 13–30, 1965, unnum. checklist (as "Goldfish").

    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. 85 (as "Goldfish").

    Canberra. Australian National Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," March 1–April 27, 1986, unnumbered cat. (p. 25; as "Goldfish").

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

    Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "Matisse," March 29–May 16, 1995, no. 95 (as "Goldfish").

    Canberra. National Gallery of Australia. "Matisse," May 27–July 9, 1995, no. 95.

    Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria. "Matisse," July 19–September 3, 1995, no. 95.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painters in Paris: 1895-1950," March 8, 2000–January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 93).

    Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," September 14–November 24, 2002, no. 47.

    Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," December 7, 2002–March 9, 2003, no. 47.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800-1920," February 4–May 6, 2007, no. 128.

    Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Französische Meisterwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," June 1–October 7, 2007, unnumbered cat. (p. 257).

  • References

    Elie Faure et al. Henri-Matisse. Paris, 1923, pl. 29.

    Dial 80 (June 1926), ill. opp. p. 447 (color).

    Bertel Hintze. Modern Konst, 1900-Talet. Helsinki, 1930, ill. p. 23.

    A[lfred]. H. B[arr]., Jr. Henri Matisse: Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1931, pp. 20, 51, no. 63.

    F[rancis]. H[enry]. T[aylor]. "Modern French Painting in the Museum." Bulletin of the Worcester Art Museum 22 (January 1932), pp. 69–70, ill.

    Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Matisse: His Art and His Public. New York, 1951, p. 559.

    Louisa Dresser in The Dial and the Dial Collection. Exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum. Worcester, Mass., 1959, p. 80, no. 64, ill.

    William Wasserstrom. A Dial Miscellany. Syracuse, 1963, ill. after p. 204.

    Lisa M. Messinger in "Notable Acquisitions 1984–1985." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 42 (1985), pp. 46–47, ill. (color).

    Catherine C. Bock. "'Woman Before an Aquarium' and 'Woman on a Rose Divan': Matisse in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection." Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 12, no. 2 (1986), p. 219 n. 8.

    Margrit Hahnloser-Ingold in Jack Cowart and Dominique Fourcade. Henri Matisse: The Early Years in Nice, 1916–1930. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1986, p. 273 n. 60.

    Michael Lloyd in 20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Exh. cat., Australian National Gallery. Canberra, 1986, p. 25, ill. (color) and frontispiece (color).

    Gary Tinterow et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 8, Modern Europe. New York, 1987, p. 105, colorpl. 81.

    Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville. Matisse: Henri Matisse chez Bernheim-Jeune. Paris, 1995, vol. 1, p. 110; vol. 2, pp. 1066–67, no. 516, ill.

    Pierre Schneider. Matisse. rev. ed. [English ed., 1984]. Paris, 2002, p. 456 n. 1.

    Sabine Rewald in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 171, 233–34, no. 128, ill. (color and bw).

  • See also