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Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)
Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.
Acquired from the artist by Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, July 13, 1907 ; purchased out of the Salon d'Automne by Leo [and Gertrude] Stein, Paris, fall 1907 and owned jointly until possibly February 1914 ; to Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Lausanne, November 1914 ; to Marius de Zayas (1880-1961), New York, by 1919 ; sold to John Quinn (1870-1924), New York, April 21, 1920 ; Estate of John Quinn, 1924; sold to A. Conger Goodyear (1877-1964), Buffalo, N.Y., January 1926 ; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1962 (Gift of A. Conger Goodyear in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.).
 See letter Henri Matisse to Félix Fénéon, qtd. in Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca A. Rabinow, eds., The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde., exh. cat. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2011, no. 143.
 It was previously assumed that the painting was owned by Michael and Sarah Stein. The following documents, however, qtd. in Bishop et al. 2011, no. 143, confirm Leo and Gertrude Stein's ownership: Exh. cat. Salon d'Automne, Paris, October 1-October 22, 1907 (no. 757bis: La Musique [esquisse]); copy/draft of letter Henri Matisse to Félix Fénéon, July 8, 1907.
 See Bishop et al. 2011, no. 143, ft. 4; p. 456, ft, +25.
 Included in Exhibition of Paintings by Courbet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Matisse, M. de Zayas Gallery, New York, November 17-December 6, 1919 (no. 20: Matisse, Music; repr.).
 Purchased for $1,100. See Benjamin L. Reid, The Man from New York: John Quinn and His Friends, New York: Oxford University Press, 1968, p. 471.
 See “The Noble Buyer:” John Quinn, Patron of the Avant Garde, exh. cat. Washington, D.C.: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, June 15-September 4, 1978), no. 46.
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