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Purchased March 1940 from the artist by (Paul Rosenberg and Co, New York);[1] sold November 1951 to Robert von Hirsch [1883-1977], Basel; (his estate sale, Sotheby's, London, 26 June 1978, no. 751); purchased by (John Baskett, Ltd., London) for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Gifts to the Nation: Selected Acquisitions from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1986, unnumbered checklist, repro. on cover
Henri Matisse: A Retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1992-1993, no. 333, repro.
Henri Matisse: Processus/Variation, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2004, no. 94, repro.
Henri Matisse: Figur Farbe Raum [Henri Matisse: Figure Color Space], Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2005-2006, no. 167, repro. (Düsseldorf cat.), fig. 110 (Basel/French cat.), fig. 114 (Basel/German cat.).
Déja Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Phoenix Art Museum, 2007-2008, no. 64, fig. 15.
Matisse: 1917-1941, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 2009, no. 67, repro.
L'Art dans la Guerre. France, 1938-1947, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 2012-2013, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art, Denver Art Museum, 2014-2015, no catalogue.
Matisse, la figura. La forza della linea, l'emozione del colore, Exhibit Halls, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, 2014, no. 60, repro..
Collection Conversations: The Chrysler and the National Gallery, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, 2015, no catalogue.
Strick, Jeremy. Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture: Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of the East Building. Washington, D.C., 1989: 58, repro. 59.
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