Admission is always free Directions

Open today: 10:00 to 5:00

Inscription

upper left in pen and brown ink: Il est en bonne voie mais / comme il n'est pas terminé / ca ne veut rien dire- Ça / n'est pas logique que je / ne suis pas certain de le / réussir- Ce tout ou rien / est bien fatiguant.; lower right in pen and brown ink: Monsieur / Michel Stein / 3663 Clay Street / San Francisco / California

Provenance

Michael and Sarah Stein, Paris and San Francisco; John W. Dodds, Stanford, CA; (sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 21 October 1976, no. 162, not sold); Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift to NGA, 1995.

Exhibition History
1999
An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999-2000.
2011
The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Réunion des Musées Nationaux and Galeries nationales du Grand Palais; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2011 - 2012, no catalogue number (shown only in San Francisco and New York).
Bibliography
1951
Barr, Jr., Alfred H., Matisse, his art and his public. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1951, 152-153, repro.
1969
Russell, John. The World of Matisse, 1869-1954. Alexandria, VA, 1969, 73 (repr).
1969
Russell, John. The World of Matisse, 1869-1954. Time-Life Books, Alexandria, VA, 1969: 73 (repro.).
1970
Golson, Lucile M. "The Michael Steins of San Francisco: Art Patrons and Collectors," in Four Americans in Paris: The Collections of Gertrude Stein and Her Family. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1970: 48, under note 19.
1992
Elderfield, John. Henri Matisse: A Retrospective. Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1992: 183.
1993
Kostenevich, Albert and Natalia Semionova. Matisse et La Russie. Paris, 1993: 123 (repr).