Girl by a Window

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

Oil on canvas
18 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. (46.7 x 55.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alice Albright Arlen, in honor of her mother, Josephine Patterson Albright, 1994
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower center): Henri.Matisse

  • Provenance

    [Valentine Gallery, New York, until 1931; sold on January 27, 1931, for $9,000, as "La Blouse Verte," to Soby]; James Thrall Soby, West Hartford and Farmington, Conn. (1931–40; on consignment to Pierre Matisse Gallery, November 20, 1937, consignment no. 968; sold in exchange for two de Chirico paintings, on December 30, 1940, as "Girl with Green Blouse," to P. Matisse); [Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1940–41; stock no. 1032; sold on April 30, 1941, for $3,600, to Roullier]; [Albert Roullier Art Galleries, Chicago, 1941; sold on April 30, 1941 to Patterson]; Alice Higinbotham Patterson, Chicago (from 1941; her gift to Arlen); her granddaughter, Alice Albright Arlen, New York (until 1994; her gift to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Modern French Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Thrall Soby," May–October 1934, unnumbered cat. (as "La Blouse Verte," c. 1923).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painters in Paris: 1895 1950," March 8–December 31, 2000, extended to January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 92).

    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. 46.

    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. 46.

  • References

    Raymond Escholier. Henri Matisse. Paris, 1937, ill. p. 95.

    James Thrall Soby. "Genesis of a Collection." Art in America 49, no. 1 (1961), p. 69.

    Massimo Carrà. L'Opera di Matisse dall rivolta 'fauve' all'intimismo, 1904–1928. Milan, 1971, p. 102, no. 394, ill.

    Sophie Monneret. Matisse. Paris, 1994, p. 112, no. 426, ill.

    Sabine Rewald in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1994–1995." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 53 (Autumn 1995), p. 62, ill.

    Tobias Garst in De Chirico, Max Ernst, Magritte, Balthus: A Look into the Invisible. Exh. cat., Palazzo Strozzi. Florence, 2010, pp. 242–43.

  • See also