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Vase of Flowers

1924
Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)


Dimensions

60.6 x 73.7 cm (23 7/8 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

48.577

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Out on Loan

On display at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

From 1917 into the 1920s, Matisse lived in Nice in the South of France during the winter months. He focused on sunny interiors in many of his paintings of this period, here depicting the window and wall of one of the rooms facing the sea in his apartment on the Place Charles-Félix. His interest in balancing a variety of disparate shapes and colors, in combinations at once abrupt and harmonious, is in full effect in this work. The simple subject of a vase of flowers surrounded by patterned fabric and wallpaper provides an opportunity for formal experimentation. Vase of Flowers transforms an ostensibly straightforward subject into a vivid study of perspective and composition.

Inscription

Lower right: Henri Matisse

Provenance

Georges Bernheim, Paris [see note 1]. 1928, Alex Reid and Lefevre, Ltd., Glasgow and London; 1928, sold by Reid and Lefevre to M. Knoedler and Co., London and New York (stock no. A88) [see note 2]; December 31, 1928, sold by Knoedler to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston; 1948, bequest of Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948) NOTES: [1] As early as 1928, the painting was said to come from the collection of "Mr. Georges B., Paris" (see "A Century of French Painting," exh. cat. Knoedler, New York, November 12 - December 2, 1928, cat. no. 45), who was later specified to be Georges Bernheim (see Jack Cowart and Dominique Fourcade, Henri Matisse: The Early Years in Nice, 1916-1930, exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1986, p. 319, cat. no. 13). [2] According to information provided by the Getty Provenance Index.

Credit Line

Bequest of John T. Spaulding

Copyright

© 2011 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.