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Nude on a Yellow Sofa, 1926

Henri Matisse
French, 1869 - 1954
oil on canvas
55.1 x 80.8 cm
Purchased 1958
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6971)
© Estate of H. Matisse / SODRAC (2013)

The odalisque, or exotic nude, is a motif that Matisse returned to repeatedly throughout his life. This work belongs to a series that he painted from 1918 until 1928 during the winter months he spent in Nice. About 1930 Matisse told an interviewer: "As for the odalisques, I saw them in Morocco, which makes it possible for me to paint them in France without playing make-believe . . . ." The model for the majority of these odalisque paintings was the young art student Henriette Darricarrère (b. 1901), whose family lived near Matisse's rented hotel rooms.

Additional Information 

Signed on l. l.: Henri Matisse 26

Provenance 

– still in 1950
Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

by 1956 – 1958/04/16
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, USA

1958/04/16 –
National Gallery of Canada, purchased from the Pierre Matisse Gallery [1]

Notes 

[1] The artwork can be seen hanging on M. and Mme. Matisse’s dining room wall of their 4th floor apartment, 1 place Charles-Felix, in Nice, France, on a photo, dated c. 1929 [Elderfield, John. "Henri Matisse. A Retrospective." New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1992, p. 296.] When the NGC in 1950 showed interest in acquiring the painting, Matisse responded that it would be an appropriate choice. Later he wrote the Gallery to say that he had changed his mind and wanted to keep the work because of its special significance for him. In 1958, it was offered by Pierre Matisse on behalf of Matisse’s estate [Buchnan Donald W. "Interview in Montparnasse." "Canadian Art." vol. 8, no. 2 (1950-51): 61-65] and accession log [NGC curatorial file].

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