Inscription

across bottom: les betes de la mer... /; lower right: H. Matisse50

Provenance

Vie des Arts Est., Geneva; sold 1973 through (Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York) to NGA.

Exhibition History
1951
Henri Matisse, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1951-1952, no. 74a.
1951
Possibly exhibited in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, 1951 (according to 1959 Bern catalogue).
1959
Henri Matisse 1950-1954: Les grandes gouaches découpées, Kunsthalle Bern, 1959, no. 1, repro.
1961
Henri Matisse: Les grandes gouaches découpées, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris, 1961, no. 7.
1961
The Last Works of Henri Matisse: Large Cut Gouaches, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Art, no. 4, repro.
1977
Henri Matisse: Paper Cut-Outs, National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Detroit Institute of Arts; The St. Louis Art Museum, 1977-1978, no. 114, repro.
1978
Aspects of Twentieth-Century Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1978-1979, no. 92, repro.
1982
Henri Matisse, Kunsthaus Zurich; Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1982-1983, no. 101.
1992
Henri Matisse: A Retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1992-1993, no. 393, repro.
1993
Drawings and Papiers Découpés by Henri Matisse, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany, 1993-1994, no. 149, repro. 267.
2005
Henri Matisse: Figur Farbe Raum [Henri Matisse: Figure Couleur Espace], Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2005-2006, shown only in Basel, unnumbered cat., repro. (Basel/French cat.), fig. 135 (Basel/German cat.)
Bibliography
1978
King, Marian. Adventures in Art: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1978: 111, pl. 71.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 592, no. 916, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 264, repro.
2004
Henri Matisse: Processus/Variation. Exh. cat. National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, 2004: 220, fig. 6.
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