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Henri Matisse. Goldfish and Palette. Paris, quai Saint-Michel, fall 1914
Henri Matisse

Goldfish and Palette

Paris, quai Saint-Michel, fall 1914
On view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
57 3/4 x 44 1/4" (146.5 x 112.4 cm)
Credit
Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx
Object number
507.1964
Copyright
© 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Matisse described the abstract zone at the right of this composition as containing "a person who has a palette in his hand and who is observing." Most likely, it is the artist himself. The surrealist poet André Breton said of the painting, "I believe Matisse's genius is here . . . nowhere has Matisse put so much of himself as in this picture."

Gallery label from 2006
Provenance information
The artist
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris. Purchased from Matisse, May 25-26, 1915
Léonce Rosenberg, Paris. Purchased from Bernheim-Jeune, May 26, 1915 –
Jacques Doucet, Paris. Purchased through Paul Guillaume, advised by André Breton, end 1923 - 1929
Mrs. Jacques Doucet, Paris. 1929 - 1939
Cesar M. de Hauke, New York. Purchased from Madame Doucet, 1939 – 1947
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. 1948
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx, Chicago; then Florene May Schoenborn (Samuel A. Marx's widow, later Mrs. Wolfgang Schoenborn). Purchased from Pierre Matisse, November 15, 1948 - 1964
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx, 1964

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