Standing Nude

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

With base: 20 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (52.1 x 14 x 19.1 cm) Without base: 19 x 5 x 6 1/2 in. (48.3 x 12.7 x 16.5 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: On back of bronze, near bottom: [CIRE / C. VALSUANI/ PERDUE]

  • Provenance

    Henri Matisse (cast in 1951 - his d. 1954); Estate of Henri Matisse (1955); Pierre Matisse, New York (c. 1955 - 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

    Possibly included in: "Salon d'automne," Grand Palais, Paris, October 1-November 8, 1908, no. 911 [unspecified cast];

    "Matisse," Paul Cassirer, Berlin, December 1908-January 1909, no. 63;

    "An Exhibition of Sculpture - the first in America - and Recent Drawings by Henri Matisse," The Little Galleries of the Photo Secession, New York, March 14-April 6, 1912, no. 4 [unspecified cast];
    "Exposition Henri Matisse, Tableaux du Maroc et Sculpture," Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, April 14-19, 1913, exh. cat., no. 14 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse Retrospective," Galerien Thannhauser, Berlin, February 15-March 19, 1930, exh. cat. with intro. by Hans Purrmann, no. 94, pp. 24, 57, ill. [unspecified cast];

    "Exposition de peinture et de sculptures de Henri-Matisse," Galerie Pierre, Paris, 1930, no cat.;

    "Sculpture by Henri Matisse," Brummer Gallery, New York, January 5-February 7, 1931, exh. cat., no. 19 [unspecified cast];

    "Leger, Matisse, Miro, Moore: panels and sculpture & recent lithographs by Matisse," Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York, May 4-28, 1949, exh. cat. with essay by Leigh Ashton, no. 15, ill. [unspecified 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. 287 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Chaoelle, Peinture, Dessins, Sculptures," Maison de la pensée française, Paris, July 5-September 24, 1950, exh. cat. with preface by Louis Aragon, no. 85 [unspecified cast];

    "The Heritage of Auguste Rodin: an exhibition assembled in honor of the diamond jubilee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art," Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York, December 6, 1950-January 6, 1951, exh.cat., no. 51, ill. n.p. [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. 81[not our cast];

    "Matisse," La Reserve, Knokke, July 12-August 31, 1952, exh. cat. by Georges Duthuit, no. 34;

    "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. 20, ill. pl. 2 [not our cast];

    "The Sculpture of Henri Matisse," Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, February 10-28, 1953, exh. cat. with excerpt from Barr 1951, no. 15, ill. [unspecified 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. 19, ill. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, February 20-March 7, 1954, exh. cat. with foreword by Haarvard Rostrup, and introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 19, pp. 13, 15 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1954, exh. cat. with introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 19 [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. 19 [not our cast];

    "Matisse: A Museum Course Exhibition," Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, May 9-June 8, 1955, exh. cat. with acknowledgment & foreword by Patricia J. Billfaldt, Patricia G. Cummings, and William I. Homer, no. 23 [not our cast];

    "Closing Exhibition: Sculpture, Paintings, and Drawings," Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, June 8 -August 1955, exh. cat. with preface by Ralph F. Colin, no. 133, ill. n.p. [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. 19 [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. 19 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon: utställning anordnad i samarbete med Medicinska Föreningen," Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, September 4-23, 1957, exh. cat. by Bo Wennberg, no. 19 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon, Theodor Ahrenbergin Kokoelema," Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki, December 10, 1957-January 6, 1958, exh. cat. by Clement Greenberg and Mikko Kilpi, no. 144 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon: Collection Theodor Ahrenberg," Muse?e des Beaux-Arts, Lie?ge, May 3-July 31, 1958, exh. cat. with prefaces by Gösta Lilja and Jules Bosmant and essay by Bertel Hintze, no. 144 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Sculpture, Drawings," Fine Arts Associates, New York, November 25-December 20, 1958, exh. cat. with intro by Jean Cassou, no. 7 [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. 20, p. 8, ill. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse Ur Theodor Ahrenbergs Samling," Konsthallen, Göteborg, March 16-April 10, 1960, exh. cat. with foreword by Jean Cassou, no. 175 [not our cast];

    Auction sale, "Forty-Nine bronzes by Matisse, The Property of Mr. and Mrs. Theodor Ahrenberg of Stockholm," Sotheby & Co., London, July 7, 1960, cat. no. 16, pp. 20-21, ill. [not our 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. 114 [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. 104, pp. 21, 127 (ill.), 193 [not our cast];

    "The Sculpture of Matisse," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 24-May 8, 1972, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 20-August 6, 1972, and University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, September 18-October 29, 1972, exh. cat. by Alicia Legg, no. 22, pp. 16, 17 (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. 14, 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. 179, ill. p. 198 [unspecified 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. 171 [unspecified cast];

    Milwaukee Art Center, 1977, unnumbered;

    "Matisse," National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, March 20-May 17, 1981, and National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, May 26-July 19, 1981, exg. cat. with intro. by K. Anazawa, no. 95, pp. 126 (ill.), 220 (ill.) [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. 9, pp. 56-58 (ill.), 59-60 [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. 17, ill. n.p., pp. 29, 145 [not our cast];

    Pierre Schneider, ed., "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. S19, pp. 173 (ill.), 229 [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. 16, ill. p. 35 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Zeichnungen und Skupturen," Saarland Museum, Sarrebrücken, May 12-July 7, 1991, exh. cat. edited by Ernst-Gerhard Güse, with essays by Dominique Fourcade, Xavier Girard, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, Ernest W. Uthemann, Christian Arthaud, & Ernst-Gerhard Güse, no. 106 [not our cast];

    "Important Sculpture and Works on Paper: A Selection of Works in Stock, available for viewing by appointment," Lefevre Gallery, London, Summer 1992, exh. cat. no. 8, pp. [18-22], ill. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, A Retrospective," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 24,1992-January 12,1993, exh. cat. edited by John Elderfield, no. 81, ill. [not our cast];

    "The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, exh. in three parts, May 18, 2004-June 26, 2005, no cat. (see MMA Bulletin 2004) [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. 32, pp. 136-141, 268, ills. pp. 137, 140 [our cast].

  • References

    André Lhote, Henri Matisse, Robert Rey, Waldemar George, Georges Rouault, Paul Fierens, Roger Fry and Fritz Neugass, "Pour ou contre Henri-Matisse: Enquête, opinions, documents," Chroniques du jour, n.s., vol. 2, no. 9 (April 1931), ill. n.p. (installation photo, 1931 exh., Galerie Brummer NY);

    Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public (New York 1951 and 1974), pp. 100, 327, ill. [not our cast];

    Auction catalogue, "Forty-Nine Bronzes by Matisse - The Property of Mr. and Mrs. Theodor Ahrenberg of Stockholm," Sotheby & Co., London, July 7, 1960, no. 16, p. 21, ill. [not our cast];

    Albert E. Elsen, "The Sculpture of Matisse, Part II: Old Problems and New Possibilities," Artforum, vol. 7, no. 2 (October 1968), p. 24, ill. [unspecified 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. 37 [unspecified cast];

    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. 64-68, ill. fig. 79-80;

    Pierre Schneider, "Matisse's Sculpture: The Invisible Revolution" (review of MoMA 1972), Art News, vol. 71, no. 1 (March 1972), p. 22;

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

    Lawrence Gowing, Matisse (London 1979), pp. 70 (ill. fig. 51), 207 [unspecified cast];

    Pierre Schneider, Matisse, transl. by Michael Taylor and Bridget Strevens Romer (Paris & New York 1984 and 1992), pp. 394, 541, 544; and revised edition (Paris & London 2002), ibid.;

    Nicholas Watkins, Matisse (Oxford 1984), pp. 82 (ill. fig. 62), 234 [unspecified cast];

    Jack Flam, Matisse: The Man and His Art, 1869-1918 (Ithaca and London 1986), pp. 179-180 (plaster model appearing in a painting, fig. 171), 182 (ill. fig. 173), 321 (fig. 323) [not our cast];

    Jack Flam, "Matisse and the Fauves," in William Rubin, ed., Primitivism in 20th-Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern (New York 1991), vol. 1, pp. 222 (ill.), 224;

    John Elderfield, Henri Matisse: A Retrospective, exh. cat. (New York: The Museum of Modern Art and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992), ill. p. 158, fig. 81 [not our cast];

    Gilles Néret, Henri Matisse (Cologne 1996), p. 41, ill.;

    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. 20, pp. 48-51 (ills.), 257, 312, 340, 352;

    Magdalena Dabrowski, William S. Lieberman, and Sabine Rewald, "Selections from the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 61, no. 4 (Spring 2004), pp. 28-29, ill.;

    Holland Cotter, "Matisse the Son, Illuminating His father's Legacy" (review of MMA 2004), New York Times (May 14, 2004) p. E28;

    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), p. 218, figs. 162 and 163 [not our cast].

    Magdalena Dabrowski in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 87-88, 158-59, ill.

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