Henri Matisse

The Rose Marble Table

Issy-les-Moulineaux, spring-summer 1917

Oil on canvas
57 1/2 x 38 1/4" (146 x 97 cm)
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 12 other works online.
Henri Matisse has 314 works  online.
There are 2,383 paintings online.
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Alphonse Kann (1870–1948), Saint-Germain-en-Laye, by 1931 [1] ; confiscated during the Nazi occupation by the ERR (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg), October 1940 [2]; traded by the ERR to Gustav Rochlitz in exchange for an Old Master painting acquired for the Hermann Goering collection, February 9, 1942 [3]. Restituted by the Commission de récupération artistique, Paris to Alphonse Kann, London, July 1947 [4]; by inheritance to his niece Hélène Bokanowski, Paris, 1948 [5]; sold to Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1956 [6]; sold through Knoedler & Co., New York to The Museum of Modern Art , New York, 1956 [7].

[1] Lender to the exhibition Henri-Matisse, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, June 1- July 25, 1931, no. 39 (La Table de marbre rose). See also Roger Fry, "Henri Matisse," Cahiers d'art, vol. 5-8 (1931), p. 290; repr. p. 58.
[2] The painting was stored at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. ERR inventory card KA 1060: Tisch im Garten.
[3] One from a group of seven paintings (one by Leger, two by Braque, two by Matisse, one by Picasso, and one by de Chirico) exchanged by the ERR for one painting by the "School of the Master of Frankfurt." See OSS DIR #4 Gustav Rochlitz, ERR #13, pp. 7, 10-11, no. 8 (Still Life), RG260 NARA M1946. Note that Rochlitz reported this painting (Still Life) to be lost in transport from Paris to Baden-Baden, June 1944.
OSS CIR# 1, exchange #13, no. 4, RG260 NARA M1946. See also contract between the ERR (Kurt von Behr) and Gustav Rochlitz, February 9, 1942, no. 4 [Stilleben] (OSS CIR #2, NARA RG260 M1946).
[4] "Liste des objets appartenant à M. Alphonse Kann," p. 6 (Matisse - Table et 3 prunes); and "Coll. Alphonse Kann - Restitution du 11 Juillet 1947," Dossier Kann, Archives de la Récupération Artistique, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, La Courneuve.
[5] "Reçu de la Direction des Musées de France les tableaux ci-après désignés provenant de la collection de M. Alphonse Kann," October 22, 1948/November 9, 1948, Archives des musées nationaux, Paris.
[6] Included in the exhibition Maîtres de l’art modern, Galerie Beyeler, Basel, August-October, 1956, no. 28. Collection files, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
[7] Collection files, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Provenance research is a work in progress, and is frequently updated with new information. If you have any questions or information to provide about the listed works, please email provenance@moma.org or write to:

Provenance Research Project
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA's collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

If you would like to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA, please contact Scala Archives (all geographic locations) at firenze@scalarchives.com.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA's archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.