Henri Matisse. Memory of Oceania. Nice-Cimiez, Hôtel Régina, summer 1952-early 1953

Henri Matisse

Memory of Oceania

Nice-Cimiez, Hôtel Régina, summer 1952-early 1953

Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, and charcoal on paper mounted on canvas
9' 4" x 9' 4 7/8" (284.4 x 286.4 cm)
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Henri Matisse has 313 works online.
There are 2,309 paintings online.

Memory of Oceania is based on a photograph that Matisse took of a schooner from his window in Tahiti in 1930. At the right, the green rectangle, fuchsia band, black curve, and blue crescent appear to derive from the boat, the boat's mast and mooring line, and the curtain of the window. More uncertain is the meaning (if any) of the shapes at the upper left. They may describe a blond woman seen from the back—the sharp vertical line being her spine and the surrounding blue–on–white and white–on–blue curves the contours of her body.

Gallery label from 2006

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