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(FRENCH, 1869 - 1954)

Odalisque couchée aux magnolias , 1923





oil on canvas


23.82 in. (60.50 cm.) (height) by 31.93 in. (81.10 cm.) (width)


signed 'Henri - Matisse' (lower right)


Paris, Salon d'automne, November-December 1923. Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Henri-Matisse, May 1924, no. 39 (titled Odalisque couchée). Paris, Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, April-October 1925. New York, De Hauke & Co. Inc., The Classics of Modern Painting, April 1927, no. 23 (titled Odalisque on Green Divan). Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, Cent Ans de peinture français: "Programme," June 1930, no. 48 (illustrated; titled Odalisque). Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, Henri Matisse: Exposition organisée au profit de l'orphelinat des arts, June-July 1931, p. 40, no. 105 (titled Odalisque aux magnolias and dated 1924). Paris, Petit Palais, Les Maîtres de l’art indépendant: 1895-1937, June-October 1937, p. 36, no. 1 (titled Odalisque au magnolia and dated 1926). New York, French Pavilion, World’s Fair, Contemporary French Art, 1939, no. 107 (illustrated; titled Odalisque aux magnolias). Philadelphia Museum of Art, French Art: Past and Present, November 1939-April 1940. Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Pintura Francesa Contemporanea, September-October 1941, p. 27, no. 90 (illustrated). Kansas City, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art; The Denver Art Museum; Omaha, Joslyn Memorial Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Milwaukee Art Institute and Pittsburgh, Carnegie Art Institute, French School of Painting in 1939, September 1945-April 1946, p. 48, no. 41 (illustrated; titled Odalisque aux magnolias). New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1952 (on loan). Paris, Musée national d’art moderne, Henri Matisse: Retrospective, July-November 1956, p. 30, no. 72 (titled Odalisque au magnolia and dated 1924). New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Henri Matisse: Sixty-Four Paintings, July-September 1966, p. 48, no. 45 (illustrated; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1924). London, Hayward Gallery, Matisse, July-September 1968, p. 165, no. 93 (illustrated, p. 121; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1924). New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Henri Matisse: A Retrospective, September 1992-January 1993, pp. 289, 293 and 339, no. 266 (illustrated in color, p. 339; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1923 or 1924).


The Arts, vol. XI, May 1927, p. 264 (illustrated; titled Odalisque on a Green Divan). A.C. Barnes and V. de Mazia, The Art of Henri-Matisse, New York, 1933, pp. 26, 34, 50, 53, 63, 91, 113, 127, 139, 145, 149, 156, 159, 164, 170, 173, 196-197 and 444, no. 152 (illustrated, p. 327; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1924). R. Escholier, Henri Matisse, Paris, 1937, p. 137 (titled l'Odalisque au magnolia and dated 1924). E. Tériade, Verve, vol. I, no. 3, October-December 1938, pp. 78-79 (illustrated). C. Terrasse, French Painting in the Nineteenth Century, London, 1939, p. 22 (illustrated; titled The Odalisk with Magnolias and dated 1924). The Studio, vol. CXIX, March 1940, p. 107 (illustrated, p. 106; titled Odalisk with Magnolias and dated 1869). A.H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public, New York, 1951, pp. 211-212 (illustrated, p. 440; dated 1924). E. Tériade, “Matisse Speaks” in Art News Annual, vol. 21, 1952, p. 57 (illustrated in color, pp. 58-59). P.F. Millard, "Figure Painting of the Twentieth Century" in The Studio, vol. CXLIII, June 1952, p. 161 (illustrated). Formes et couleurs, vol. 6, 1953 (illustrated). J. Guichard-Meili, Matisse, New York, 1967, p. 100, no. 92 (illustrated; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1924). M. Luzi and M. Carrà, L’opera di Matisse dalla rivolta “fauve” all’intimismo: 1904-1928, Milan, 1971, p. 103, no. 423 (illustrated; titled Odalisca con Magnolie and dated 1924). A.H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public, London, 1975, pp. 211-212 and 440 (illustrated; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1924). L. Gowing, Matisse, Norwich, 1979, p. 210, no. 141 (illustrated in color, p. 157). P. Schneider, M. Carrà and X. Deryng, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Matisse, Paris, 1982, pp. 103-104, no. 423 (illustrated, p. 103). M. Potter et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: European Works of Art, New York, 1984, vol. I, pp. 10, 25, 140 and 255, no. 93 (illustrated in color, p. 254; illustrated again in situ in the Rockefellers' 65th street home, p. 34; titled Odalisque with Magnolias). P. Schneider, Matisse, London, 1984, p. 527 (dated 1924). J. Cowart and D. Fourcade, Henri Matisse: The Early Years in Nice, 1916-1930, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1986, p. 206 (illustrated in color, pl. 162; titled Odalisque aux magnolias; illustrated again in situ at the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Paris, 1925, fig. 7). M. Anthonioz, Verve: The Ultimate Review of Art and Literature (1937-1960), New York, 1988, p. 388 (illustrated, p. 354). M. Viederman, "Matisse's Nice Period, 1917-1928: A Confrontation with Middle Age" in The Middle Years: New Psychoanalytic Perspectives, New Haven, 1989, p. 282, no. 20 (illustrated, p. 283). I. Monod-Fontaine, "Henri Matisse" in Actualité des arts plastiques, no. 79, 1989. J. Flam, "Henri Matisse: Reclining Nude (Bu couché)" in Great French Paintings from The Barnes Collection, New York, 1993, p. 272 (illustrated, fig. 2; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1924). H. Herrera, Matisse: A Portrait, Orlando, 1993, pp. 148-149 (illustrated in color, pl. 23). G.-P. and M. Dauberville, Matisse, Paris, 1995, vol. II, p. 1164, no. 588 (illustrated, p. 1165). J. Flam, Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship, Cambridge, M.A., 2003, p. 131 (illustrated, fig. 7.6). M. Brennan, Modernism's Masculine Subjects: Matisse, The New York School, and Post Painterly Abstraction, Cambridge, 2004, pp. 28-30 (illustrated, p. 29, fig. 1.9; titled Odalisque with Magnolias). R. Neely, Matisse et la couleur des tissus, exh. cat., Musée departemental Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 2004, p. 41 (illustrated in color, fig. 26). H. Spurling, Matisse: The Life, 2009 (illustrated, fig. 17; titled Odalisque with Magnolias and dated 1923-1924). S.N. Blum, Henri Matisse: Rooms with a View, New York, 2010, p. 118 (illustrated in color, fig. 81).


Josse and Gaston Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired from the artist, 17 December 1923 and until at least 1945). Leigh B. and Mary Block, Chicago (by 1956). Sam Salz, Inc., New York (acquired from the above). Acquired from the above by the late owners, January 1958.

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