Pierre Matisse

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

6 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (15.9 x 9.5 x 11.4 cm) Overall with marble base: 10 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/2
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 (on back): H Matisse 9/10
    [no foundry stamp]

  • Provenance

    Mr. and Mrs. Theodor Ahrenberg, Stockholm (likely acquired from the artist, by 1957 - their auction sale, "Forty-Nine Bronzes by Matisse," Sotheby & Co., London, July 7, 1960, no. 11); Frank Partidge & Sons, London (purchased from 1960 auction for 950£ -- sold to private collector, in 1962); private collector (purchased from Frank Partidge & Sons, 1962 - his auction sale, "Impressionist & Modern Paintings & Sculpture," Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd., London, June 30, 1980, no. 71);
    Richard Nathanson, London (by 1987); Pierre Matisse, New York (until 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

    "Exposition Henri Matisse," Galerie Druet, Paris, March 19-April 7, 1906, exh. cat., no. 58 [unspecified cast];

    "Salon d'automne," Grand Palais, Paris, October 1-November 8, 1908, no. 913 [not our cast];

    Possibly included in: "Manet and the Post-Impressionists," Grafton Galleries, London, November 8, 1910-January 15, 1911, no. 6 [unspecified cast];

    "Exposition Henri Matisse, Tableaux du Maroc et Sculpture," Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, April 14-19, 1913, no. 21 or 22 [unspecified cast];

    Possibly included in: "Henri Matisse Exhibition," Montross Gallery, New York, January 20-February 27, 1915, organized by Walter Pach, exh. cat., no. 69 [unspecified cast]; checklist reprinted in: Donald E. Gordon, Modern Art Exhibitions 1900-1916, II (Munich 1974), pp. 862-863;

    "Sculpture by Henri Matisse," Brummer Gallery, New York, January 5-February 7, 1931, exh. cat., no. 18 [unspecified 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. 97 [not our cast];

    "The Cone Bequest," Baltimore Museum of Art, October 1949, exh. cat. by Adelyn D. Breeskin, Baltimore Museum of Art Bulletin (October 1949), no. 112, p. 22 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lucerne, July 9-October 2, 1949, exh. cat. with essays by A. Troller, Jean Cassou, and H.P. Landolt, no. 271 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Chapelle, Peinture, Dessins, Sculptures," Maison de la pensée française, Paris, July 5-September 24, 1950, exh. cat. with preface by Louis Aragon, no. 78, ill. [unspecified cast];

    "An Exhibition of the Sculpture of Matisse and Three Paintings with Studies," Tate Gallery, London, January 9-February 22, 1953, exh. cat. with preface by Philip James and introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 10, ill. pl. 1 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Skulpturer, Malerier, Farveklip," Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, November 6-December 6, 1953, exh cat. with foreword by Haavard Rostrup (in Danish), and introduction by Jean Cassou (in English transl.), no. 9, ill. [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, February 20-March 7, 1954, exh. cat. with foreword by Haarvard Rostrup, and introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 9, pp. 12, 15 [unspecified cast];

    "Matisse," Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, April 16-June 8, 1954, exh. cat. with preface by J.C. Ebbinge Wubben (in Dutch) and intro. by Jean Cassou (in French), no. 9, ill. [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1954, exh. cat. with introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 9 [unspecified cast];

    "Modern Utländsk Konst, Ur Svenska Privatsamlingar," Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, November 1954, exh. cat. by Bo Wennberg and Karin Bergqvist, with preface by Otte Sköld, and introduction by Bo Wennberg, no. 97, p. 23 [not our 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. 9 [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. 9 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon: utställning anordnad i samarbete med Medicinska Föreningen," Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, September 4-23, 1957, exh. cat. by Bo Wennberg (in Swedish and French), no. 14 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon: Theodor Ahrenbergin Kokoelema," Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki, December 10, 1957-January 6, 1958, no. 139 [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. 139 [our 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. 13, p. 7, ill. [our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Ur Theodor Ahrenbergs Samling," Göteborgs konstförening, Könsthallen, Göteborg, March 16-April 10, 1960, exh. cat. with forword by Jean Cassou, no. 170 [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, no. 11, p. 17, ill. [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. 108 [not our cast];

    Auction sale, "Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture," Sotheby & Co., London, April 6, 1966, cat. no. 93, p. 43, ill. [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 5-July 3, 1966, exh. cat. with essays by Jean Leymarie, Herbert Read, and William S. Liebermann, no. 100, pp.126 (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. 100 [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.14, pp. 14 (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. 17, pp. 11, 22 (ill.) [unspecified 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. 175, ill. p. 195 [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, no. 167 [unspecified cast];

    Auction sale, "Impressionist & Modern Paintings & Sculpture," Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 30, 1980, cat. no. 71, pp. 114-115, ill. [our cast];

    Auction sale, "Impressionist and Modern Paintings and Sculpture," Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, February 26, 1981, cat. no. 26, ill., n.p. [not our cast];

    "The Sculptures of Henri Matisse," City Art Center, Edinburgh, August 3-September 15, 1984, Hayward Gallery, London, October 4, 1984-January 6, 1985, Leeds City Art Gallery, January 18-March 24, 1985, exh. cat. ed. by Catherine Lampert, with essay by by Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, transl. by David Macey, no. 12, ill. n.p., p. 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. S12, pp. 171 (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. 12, ills. pp. 28-29 [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. 142, no. 41, pp. 189, 190 [our cast].

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant Garde," May 21–September 6, 2011, no cat. number (p. 461; as "Head of a Child [Pierre Matisse]").

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant Garde," February 21–June 3, 2012, no cat. number (p. 461).

  • References

    Michael W. Alpatow, Matisse (Moscow 1969), ill. p. 20;

    Louis Aragon, Henri Matisse, roman (Paris 1971), vol. 2, p. 175, fig. 128;

    Albert E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse (New York 1972), p. 117, ill. fig. 154 [not our cast];

    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. 16, pp. 40-41 (ill.), 310, 340, 352;

    John Russell, Matisse: Father and Son (New York 1999), ill. p. 10 [not our cast];

    John Klein, Matisse Portraits (New Haven and London 2001), p. 125.

    Dorothy Kosinski, Jay McKean Fisher, & Steven Nash, Matisse: Painter as Sculptor, exh. cat. (Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Baltimore Museum of Art, 2007-8), pp. 77, 88.
    Magdalena Dabrowski in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 86, 158, ill.