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lower right: Henri Matisse 40

Provenance

Purchased from the artist by (Paul Rosenberg, Paris);[1] (Alexandre Rosenberg, New York)by 1948; sold 1950 to William Somerset Maugham [1874-1965], St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France;[2] (his sale, Sotheby's, London, 10 April 1962, no. 24); Colonel C. Michael Paul, New York; sold 15 January 1970 to Taft B. Schreiber, Beverly Hills [1908-1976];[3] his wife, Rita B. Schreiber, Beverly Hills [d. 1989]; gift 1989 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1991
Matisse Retrospective Exhibition, Nagoya City Art Museum; Hiroshima Museum of Art; Kasama Nichido Museum of Art, 1991, 164, no. 61, repro.
1995
Matisse, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1995, no. 173, repro.
1997
Henri Matisse: 'La révélation m'est venue de l'Orient', Musei Capitolini,, 1997-1998, no. 91, repro.
2007
Déja Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Phoenix Art Museum, 2007-2008, no. 63, fig. 9.
2011
Matisse: Drawing Life, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2011-2012, no. 299, repro.
2014
Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art, Denver Art Museum, 2014-2015, no catalogue.
2014
Matisse, la figura. La forza della linea, l'emozione del colore, Exhibit Halls, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, 2014, no. 65, repro.
Bibliography
1951
Barr, Alfred H., Jr. Matisse: His Art and His Public. New York:255, repro.
1956
Jeudwine, W.R. "Modern Paintings from the Collection of W. Somerset Maugham - II." Apollo (November 1956):139, repro.
1961
Maugham, William Somerset. Purely for My Pleasure. London, 1961:4, repro.
1997
Matisse: La révélation m'est venue de l'Orient, Exh. cat., Musei capitolini, Rome, 1997: 214, no. 91, repro.