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Espagnole: Harmonie en bleu (Spanish Woman: Harmony in Blue)

Artist:
Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)
Date:
1923
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
18 1/2 x 14 in. (47 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.193
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 830
The Lehman painting belongs to a small series of works in which Matisse depicts Henriette Darricarrère in a frontal pose, almost as if he were executing a formal portrait. In each case, she appears before a different fabric background and is outfitted in various costumes and accessories with ethnic associations; often, as here, she is dressed as a Spanish woman. A preparatory charcoal drawing by Matisse of the same size as the painting is in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National de l'Art Moderne, Paris.
Signature: Signed (in black pencil or with thin brush and black paint) at lower right: Henri Matisse
Acquired (as Femme en buste dans les fleurs) from the artist by Josse Bernheim-Jeune and his brother Gaston Bernheim-Jeune, Fontainebleau and Paris, March 30, 1923; Gaston Bernheim de Villers (Gaston Bernheim-Jeune), 1937; acquired (as L'Espagnole) from Sam Salz, New York, by Robert Lehman, Port Washington, New York, November 1948.
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