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Henri Matisse. The Blue Window. Issy-les-Moulineaux, summer 1913

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The Blue Window

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)

Issy-les-Moulineaux, summer 1913
Oil on canvas
51 1/2 x 35 5/8" (130.8 x 90.5 cm)
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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
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The artist, Paris; acquired by Karl Ernst Osthaus (1874-1921) for the Folkwang Museum, Hagen, Germany, 1913 [1]; Estate of Karl Ernst Osthaus, Hagen, 1921-1922; acquisition of Osthaus' Hagen Collection by the Folkwang Museum Association, Essen, 1922 [2]; removed as "degenerate art" by the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, 1937 [3]; on consignment to Karl Buchholz, Berlin; to Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, April 13, 1939 (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund) [4].
[1] Laurie Stein, "The History and Reception of Matisse's Bathers with a Turtle in Germany, 1908-1939," Henri Matisse. Bathers with Turtle, The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin (Fall 1998), p. 54. The painting was shipped from Paris on November 27, 1913. It arrived in Hagen at the end of December (letter Karl Ernst Osthaus to Henri Matisse, December 30, 1913, KEO-Archive, NACI 184/1-2).
[2] Ulrike Laufer, "Transfer der Folkwang-Sammlungen nach Essen," 'Das schönste Museum der Welt,' Sammlung Folkwang bis 1933, Hartwig Fischer, ed., exh. cat. Essen: Folkwang Museum, 2010, pp. 179-190.
[3] EK no. 3688: Stillleben, blaues Zimmer. One of 139 paintings removed from the Folkwang Essen in July and August 1937 (exh. cat. Folkwang 2010, p. 348). [4] Included in the exhibition Art in Our Time, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 10- September 30, 1939 (no. 93).

[La Fenêtre bleue (La Glace sans tain)]

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