Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

7 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (19.1 x 11.4 x 14 cm)
Credit Line:
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Incised (on back): Henri Matisse 1/10
    Stamped (on back): CIRE / AVALSUANI / PERDUE [in rectangle]

  • Provenance

    Henri Matisse, Paris (cast c. 1930 - his d. 1954); Estate of Henri Matisse, Paris (1954); the painter's eldest son, Jean Gérard Matisse (from the estate, January 1958 - his d. 1976) ; Jean Matisse's widow, Marie Matisse (1976 - 1979); Pierre Matisse, New York (purchased from Marie Matisse, April 1979, stock no. 3254 - his d. 1989); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989 - her d. 2001); Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA).

  • Exhibition History

    "Salon d'automne," Grand Palais, Paris, October 1-November 8, 1908, no. 920 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Galerien Thannhauser, Berlin, February 15-March 19, 1930, exh. cat. with intro. by Hans Purrmann, no. 92 or 93 [unspecified cast];

    "Sculpture by Henri Matisse," Brummer Gallery, New York, January 5-February 7, 1931, exh. cat., no. 13, 14, or 15 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lucerne, July 9-October 2, 1949, exh. cat. with texts by A. Troller, Jean Cassou, and H.P. Landolt, no. 300 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Chaoelle, Peinture, Dessins, Sculptures," Maison de la pensée française, Paris, July 5-September 24, 1950, exh. cat. with preface by Louis Aragon, no. 94 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 13, 1951-January 13, 1952, Cleveland Museum of Art, February 5-March 16, 1952, Art Institute of Chicago, April 1-May 4, 1952, San Francisco Museum of Art, May 22-July 6, 1952, exh cat. by Alfred H. Barr. Jr., no. 88 [not our cast];

    "An Exhibition of the Sculpture of Matisse and 3 Paintings with Studies," Tate Gallery, Millbank, London, January 9-February 22, 1953, exh. cat. with preface by Philip James and intro by Jean Cassou, no. 28 [not our cast];

    "The Sculpture of Henri Matisse," Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, February 10-28, 1953, exh cat. with excerpt from Barr 1951, no. 22 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Skulpturer, Malerier, Farveklip," Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, November 6-December 6, 1953, exh cat. with foreword by Haavard Rostrup, and introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 27, ill. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse," Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, February 20-March 7, 1954, exh. cat. with foreword by Haarvard Rostrup, and introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 27, pp. 13, 15 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1954, exh. cat. with introduction by Jean Cassou, no. 27 [unspecified cast];

    "Matisse," Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, April 16-June 8, 1954, exh. cat. with preface by J.C. Ebbinge Wubben and intro. by Jean Cassou, no. 27 [not our cast];

    "Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 1-27, 1955, exh. cat. with foreword by Perry T. Rathbone and intro by Jean Cassou, no. 27 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculptures, Paintings, and Drawings," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18-October 16, 1955, exh. cat. with preface by Lee Malone and intro by Jean Cassou, no. 27 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon: utställning anordnad i samarbete med Medicinska Föreningen," Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, September 4-23, 1957, exh. cat. in Swedish and French, no. 28 [unspecified cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon: Theodor Ahrenbergin Kokoelema," Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki, December 10, 1957-January 6, 1958, exh. cat., no. 153 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Apollon: Collection Theodor Ahrenberg," Muse?e des Beaux-Arts, Lie?ge, May 3-July 31, 1958, exh. cat. with prefaces by Gösta Lilja and Jules Bosmant and essay by Bertel Hintze, no. 153 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, das plastische Werk: sa?mtliche Plastiken des Meisters sowie Zeichnungen, Graphik und Collagen als Leihgaben der Sammlung Ahrenberg, Stockholm, der Familie des Ku?nstlers und aus Schweizer Privatbesitz," Kunsthaus Zurich, July 14-August 12, 1959, exh. cat. with foreword by R. W., and essays by Eduard Hüttinger and Ulf Linde, no. 31, p. 14, ill. [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse, Ur Theodor Ahrenbergs Samling," Göteborgs konstförening, Könsthallen, Göteborg, March 16-April 10, 1960, exh. cat. with forword by Jean Cassou, no. 183 [not our cast];

    "Exposition Henri Matisse (1869-1954): peintures, dessins, gouaches, sculptures, gravures, " Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, July 11-September 15, 1961, exh. cat. with preface by Edouard Julien and introduction by Jacques Lassaigne, no. 122 [likely our cast];

    "The Sculpture of Matisse," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 24-May 1, 1972, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 20-August 6, 1972, University Art Center, University of California, Berkeley, September 18-November 5, 1972, exh. cat. by Alicia Legg, no. 30, pp. 21 (ill.), 52 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Dessins et sculpture," Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, May 29-September 7, 1975, exh. cat. with introduction by Dominique Bozo, essay by Dominique Fourcade, catalogue by Dominique Fourcade and Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, no. 195, pp. 209-210, ill. [our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: dessins et sculpture / tekeningen en sculpturen" (venue of Paris 1975), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, September 27-October 26, 1975, exh. cat. with introduction by Dominique Bozo, no. 187 [our cast];

    "Henri Matisse: Sculptor-Painter: A Formal Analysis of Selected Works," Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, May 26-September 2, 1984, exh. cat. by Michael P. Mezzatesta, no. 22, p. 86, ill. [not our cast];

    "The Sculpture of Henri Matisse," City Art Center, Edimburgh, August 3-September 15, 1984, Hayward Gallery, London, October 4, 1984-January 6, 1985, City Art Gallery, Leeds, January 18-March 24, 1985, exh. cat. ed. by Catherine Lampert, with essay by by Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, transl. by David Macey, no. 32, ills. nos. 32- 32a n.p., p. 146 [not our cast];

    "Matisse et l'Italie," Museo Correr, Venice, May 28-October 18, 1987, exh. cat. edited by Pierre Schneider, with essays by Pierre Schneider, Attilio Codognato, Xavier Girard, Christian Arthaud, and Giandomenico Romanelli, entries by Tamara Préaud, no. S28, pp. 177 (ill.), 230 [not our cast];

    "Henri Matisse 1869-1954: Skulturen und Druckgraphik / Sculptures et gravures, Kunstmuseum, Bern, November 30, 1990-February 10, 1991, exh. cat. by Xavier Girard and Sandor Kuthy, no. 31, ill. p. 59 [not our cast];

    "Matisse, sculptures-dessins, dialogue," Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, November 6, 1993-February 6, 1994, exh. cat. by Dominique Szymusiak, fig. 50, ill. p. 63 [unspecified cast];

    "The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, exh. in three parts, September 28, 2004-January 30, 2005, no cat. [our cast];

    "La Colección Pierre & Maria-Gaetana Matisse en The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York / The Pierre & Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," Museo Picasso, Malaga, March 26-June 24, 2007, exh. cat. edited by Bernardo Laniado-Romero, texts by Pierre Schneider and Jonathan Pascoe Pratt, ill. p. 144, no. 43, pp. 189, 190 [our cast].

  • References

    Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public (New York 1951 and 1974), p. 138, ill. p. 366 [unspecified cast];

    Auction catalogue, "Forty-Nine Bronzes by Matisse - The Property of Mr. and Mrs. Theodor Ahrenberg of Stockholm," Sotheby & Co., London, July 7, 1960, no. 22, p. 27, ill. [not our cast];

    Herbert Read, "The Sculpture of Matisse" in: Henri Matisse: Retrospective 1966, exh. cat. by Jean Leymarie, Herbert Read, and William S. Liebermann (Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, 1966), p. 22;

    Herbert Read, "Le Sculpteur, " in : Hommage à Henri Matisse, Numéro spécial de XXe Siècle (Paris 1970), p. 123;

    Louis Aragon, Henri Matisse, roman (Paris 1971), vol. 2, ill. p. 176, fig. 134;

    Albert E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse (New York 1972), p. 101, ill. fig. 129 [not our cast];

    Robert Goldwater, "The Sculpture of Matisse" (review of MoMA 1972 exh.), Art in America, vol. 60 (March-April 1972), p. 43;

    John Elderfield, with additional texts by William S. Lieberman and Riva Castleman, Matisse in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York 1978), pp. 16, 61-63 (ills.), 189 [not our cast];

    Claude Duthuit, Henri Matisse: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, in collaboration with Wanda de Guébriant, with preface by Yve-Alain Bois (Paris 1997), no. 42, pp. 114-117 (ills.), 320, 321, 342, 357;

    Yve-Alain Bois, Matisse and Picasso (Paris 1998), exh. cat. (Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Tex., 1999), pp. 58-59, fig. 40 [unspecified cast];

    Dorothy Kosinski, Jay McKean Fisher, & Steven Nash, Matisse: Painter as Sculptor, exh. cat. (Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Baltimore Museum of Art, 2007-8), pp. 3-4, ill. fig. 3 [not our cast].

    Magdalena Dabrowski in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 89, 159, ill.

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