Nude Seated on a Sofa

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

9 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 5 in. (23.5 x 23.5 x 12.7 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 side (be raised leg): 0/10 / HM

  • Provenance

    Pierre Matisse, New York (inherited from the estate of Henri Matisse - 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

    "Henri Matisse: Dessins et sculptures inédites," Galerie Berggruen & Cie, Paris, 1958, exh. cat., ill. n.p. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Drawings, Sculpture," Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, January 1959, exh. cat., no. 30 [likely 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. 55, p. 24, ill. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Ur Theodor Ahrenbergs Samling," Go?teborgs konstfo?rening, Könsthallen, Göteborg, March 16-April 10, 1960, exh. cat. with forword by Jean Cassou, no. 201 [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, no. 38, p. 43, 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. 157 [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 (this venue had its own cat., see below), exh. cat. with essays by Jean Leymarie, Herbert Read, and William S. Lieberman, no. 126, pp. 19-24, 135 (ill.), 194 [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. 126 [our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, 1869-1954, Sculpture," Victor Waddington Gallery, London, June 12-July 12, 1969, exh. cat. with intro. by William Tucker, no. 12, ills. [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. 55, pp. 35 (ill.), 54 [our cast];

    "Henri Matisse Sculptures," Musée Matisse, Nice, July 29-September 29, 1974, exh. cat. by Colette Audibert, with preface by Jean Leymarie, no. 53, pp. 13, 33, 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. 217, pp. 234-35, ill. [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, no. 209 [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. 55, ills. nos. 55 & 55a n.p., p. 147 [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. S52, pp. 188 (ill.), 235 [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. 51, ill. p. 91 [not our cast];

    "Matisse, sculptures-dessins, dialogue," Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, November 6, 1993-February 6, 1994, exh. cat. by Dominique Szymusiak, pp. 70-76, ill. fig. 60 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculpture," C&M Arts, New York, September 23- December 12, 1998, exh. cat. with essay by Jack Flam, no. 20, 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. (see MMA Bulletin 2004) [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. 145, no. 44, pp. 191, 192 [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, no. 100, ill. p. 220 [not our cast].

  • References

    Albert E. Elsen, "The Sculpture of Matisse, Part II: Old Problems and New Possibilities," Artforum, vol. 7, no. 2 (October 1968), pp. 30 (ill.), 31;

    Albert E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse (New York 1972), pp. 148-151, ill. fig. 199-200 [not our cast];

    Robert Goldwater, "The Sculpture of Matisse" (review of MoMA 1972), Art in America 60 (March-April 1972), pp. 41 (ill.), 42 [unspecified cast];

    Pierre Schneider, Matisse, transl. by Michael Taylor and Bridget Strevens Romer (Paris & New York 1984 and 1992), p. 527; and revised edition (Paris & London 2002), ibid.;

    Gilles Néret, Matisse (Paris 1991), p. 125, fig. 192;

    Gilles Néret, Henri Matisse (Cologne 1996), p. 121;

    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. 65, pp. 186-189 (ills.), 332, 345, 364;

    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. 34-35, ill.

    Magdalena Dabrowski in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 102-3, 161-62, ill.