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A Widow

Jean Dubuffet (French, Le Havre 1901–1985 Paris)
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 3/4 in. (91.4 x 73 cm)
Credit Line:
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 913
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): J Dubuffet XI 43
[René Drouin, Paris, in 1944]; Claude Hersent, Paris and Meudon, France (in 1954); his former wife, Hélène Hersent-Anavi, Paulhiac, France (by 1957–d. 1981; her estate, 1981–84; her estate sale, Sotheby's, London, March 27, 1984, no. 40, sold to Matisse); Pierre Matisse, New York (1984–d. 1989; stock no. 3531); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989–d. 2001); Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA)

Paris. Galerie René Drouin. "Jean Dubuffet," October 20–November 18, 1944, no. 23.

Paris. Galerie René Drouin. "Exposition de peintures, dessins et divers travaux exécutés de 1942 à 1954 par Jean Dubuffet," March 17–April 17, 1954, no. 9.

Leverkusen. Städtisches Museum Schloss Morsbroich. "Jean Dubuffet (1943–1957)," August 23–October 13, 1957, no. 2.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Fondation Maeght. "Jean Dubuffet, rétrospective: Peintures, sculptures, dessins," July 6–October 6, 1985, no. 4.

Washington, D. C. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. "Jean Dubuffet, 1943–1963: Paintings, Sculptures, Assemblages," June 16–September 12, 1993, no. 4.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Fondation Maeght. "Le nu au XXe siècle," July 4–October 30, 2000, no. 32.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," May 18, 2004–June 26, 2005, no catalogue.

Paris. Mona Bismarck Foundation. "Pierre Matisse, passeur passionné: Un marchand d'art et ses artistes," October 20, 2005–January 14, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 102).

Museo Picasso Málaga. "La Colección Pierre y Maria-Gaetana Matisse en The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York," March 26–June 24, 2007, no. 6.

Max Loreau. Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet. Vol. 1, Marionettes de la ville et de la campagne, 1942–1945. Paris, 1966, p. 116, no. 211, ill.

Michel Enrici. "Jean Dubuffet à la Fondation Maeght." Galeries Magazine (September 1985), ill. p. 15.

Sabine Rewald in "Selections from the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 61 (Spring 2004), pp. 48–49, ill.

David Minthorn. "Met Unveils Gifts from Matisse Son." Deseret News (May 23, 2004).

Sabine Rewald. The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection. New York, 2009, pp. 46–48, 152, ill. (color).

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