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

Henri Matisse

Goldfish and Palette

Paris, quai Saint-Michel, fall 1914

Oil on canvas
57 3/4 x 44 1/4" (146.5 x 112.4 cm)
Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx
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 2,308 paintings online.

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

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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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