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

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

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This is the only painting in which Matisse depicted the exterior of his Issy studio. The Blue Window was made in Henri and Amélie Matisse’s second-floor bedroom in their house on the adjoining lot. The view through the window shows the studio nestled in the surrounding trees (painted blue, like the dressing table, wall, and sky). The studio’s distinctive pitched roof and chimney are also blue, while the yellow of the building’s exterior links it to the objects on the table. In one flat plane, Matisse connects inside and outside, home and work, life and art.

Gallery label from Matisse: The Red Studio, May 1–September 10, 2022
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
51 1/2 x 35 5/8" (130.8 x 90.5 cm)
Credit
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
273.1939
Copyright
© 2023 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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The artist, Paris
1913 Karl Ernst Osthaus for the Folkwang Museum Hagen, Germany
1922 Folkwang Museum, Essen
1937 removed as "degenerate art" (by Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda), 1937
1938 legally seized by the German Reich under the Law on the Confiscation of Products of Degenerate Art of May 31, 1938 (Gesetz über die Einziehung von Erzeugnissen entarteter Kunst), RGBl. 1938 I, p. 612
1939 on consignment to art dealer Karl Buchholz, Berlin
Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York
April 13, 1939 The Museum of Modern Art (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund)

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