About This Artwork

Henri Matisse
French, 1869–1954

Woman on Rose Divan, 1921

Oil on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Signed, l.r.: Henri-Matisse

Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.219

© 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, Group of Modern Paintings from the Birch-Bartlett Collection, September 8–October 22, 1923, no cat.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Exhibition of Modern French Paintings from the Birch-Bartlett Collection Lent by Frederick C. Bartlett of Chicago, April 1925, n.p. (cat. 19), as Woman on a Divan.

Art Institute of Chicago, Birch-Bartlett Collection of Modern European Paintings, September 8–October 8, 1925, no cat.

Boston Art Club, Birch-Bartlett Collection of Modern French Paintings, December 9–26, 1925, n.p. (cat. 22), as Femme au divan.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture Lent from American Collections, June 1–November 1, 1933, p. 55 (cat. 389), as Woman on Rose Divan.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture Lent from American Collections, June 1–November 1, 1934, p. 52 (cat. 353), as Woman on Rose Divan.

Boston, Art Club, 1935.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Henri Matisse, November 13, 1951–January 13, 1952, addendum to catalogue, as Woman on Rose Divan (c. 1920); traveled to Cleveland Museum of Art, February 5–March 16, 1952; Art Institute of Chicago April 1–May 4, 1952; San Francisco Museum of Art, May 22–July 6, 1952.

Publication History

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1925), p. 169 (cat. 2290), as Femme au Divan Rose.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Exhibition of Modern French Paintings from the Birch-Bartlett Collection Lent by Frederick C. Bartlett of Chicago, exh. cat. (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1925), n.p. (cat. 19), as Woman on a Divan.

Boston Art Club, Birch-Bartlett Collection of Modern French Paintings, exh. cat. (Boston Art Club, 1925), n.p. (cat. 22), as Femme au divan.

Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Paintings in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial from the Birch-Bartlett Collection, (Art Institute of Chicago, 1926), pp. 24, 25 (ill.), 55, as Femme au Divan Rose.

Watson, Forbes, “A Note on the Birch-Bartlett Collection,” Arts 9 (June 1926), p. 310 (ill.), as Woman on a Rose Divan.

Zabel, Morton Dauwen, “An American Gallery of Modern Painting,” Art and Archaeology 26 (December 1928), p. 233, as Femme au Divan Rose.

Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Paintings in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial from the Birch-Bartlett Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1929), pp. 32–33 (ill.), 61, as Femme au Divan Rose.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1932), p. 162, as Femme au divan rose.

Sweeney, James Johnson, “La Peinture française moderne a l’Institut des beaux-arts de Chicago,” Cahiers d’art 8–10 (1932), p. 336, as la Femme au divan rouge.

Sherwood, Walter J., ‘The Famous Birch-Bartlett Collection,” Chicago Visitor (October 1932), p. 40, as Woman on Divan.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture Lent from American Collections, exh. cat. (Art Institute of Chicago, 1933), p. 55 (cat. 389), as Woman on Rose Divan.

Art Institute, A Century of Progress: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture Lent from American Collections, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute, 1934), p. 52 (cat. 353), as Woman on Rose Divan.

Boston Art Club, exh. cat., (Boston Art Club, 1935).

Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Paintings in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial from the Birch Bartlett Collection, (Art Institute of Chicago, 1946), pp. 34, 35 (ill.), 57–58, 63, as Woman on Rose Divan.

Barr, Alfred H., Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1951), p. 558, as Woman on Rose Divan, c. 1921.

Museum of Modern Art, Henri Matisse, exh. cat. addendum (Museum of Modern Art, 1951), n.p., as Woman on Rose Divan (c. 1920).

Escholier, Raymond, Matisse: A Portrait of the Artist and the Man, trans. by Geraldine and H.M. Colvile (Frederick A. Praeger, 1960), pp. 10, 13, n.p. (pl. 30, ill.), as Odalisque au divan rose.

Escholier, Raymond, Matisse: From the Life, trans. by Geraldine and H.M. Colrile (Faber and Faber, 1960), p. 13, n.p. (pl. 30, ill.), as Odalisque au divan rose.

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 305, as Woman on Rose Divan, 1921.

Guichard-Meili, Jean, Matisse (Frederick A. Praeger, 1967), p. 231, as Woman on a Rose Divan.

Okamoto, Kenjiro, Bonnard/Matisse (Kawade Shobo, 1968), pp. n.p. (ill.), 112 (fig. 56), as Femme sur un divan rose, 1921.

Luzi, Mario, and Massimo Carrà, L’Opera di Matisse: dalla rivolta ‘fauve’ all’intimismo, 1904–1928 (Rizzoli Editore, 1971), p. 100 (cat. 343, ill.), as Donna su un divano rosa, 1921.

Speyer, A. James and Courtney Graham Donnell, Twentieth-Century European Paintings (University of Chicago Press, 1980), p. 55 (cat. 2G1), as Woman on Rose Divan, 1921.

“Illustrated Checklist of the Helen Birch-Bartlett Memorial Collection,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 12, 2 (1986), pp. 223 (no. 16), as Woman on a Rose Divan, 1921.

Bock, Catherine C., “Woman Before an Aquarium and Woman on a Rose Divan: Matisse in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 12, 2 (1986), pp. 201, 202 (fig. 2, ill.), 211–213, 216, 218, 221 n. 26, as Woman on a Rose Divan, 1921.

Cowart, Jack, and Dominique Fourcade, Henri Matisse: The Early Years in Nice, 1916–1930, exh. cat. (National Gallery of Art and Harry N. Abrams, 1986), p. 257, as Woman on a Rose Divan, 1921.

Guillaud, Jacqueline, and Maurice Guillaud, Matisse: Le rythme et la ligne (Guillaud Editions, 1987), pp. 150 (fig. 171), 174 (ill.), as Odalisque sur un divan rose, 1921.

Dauberville, Guy-Patrice, and Michel Dauberville, Matisse, vol. 2 (Éditions Bernheim-Jeune, 1995), pp. 1018 (cat. 482), 1019 (ill.), 1440, 1460, 1464, as Femme au divan rouge, 1921.

Bock-Weiss, Catherine, Henri Matisse: Modernist Against the Grain (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009), pp. 6, 83, 84, 96–96, 172, n.p. (pl. 5, ill.), as Woman on a Rose Divan, 1921.

Ownership History

Galerie Bernheim Jeune, Paris, April 19, 1921 [Dauberville 1995]; sold to Frederick Clay Bartlett, Chicago, June 25, 1923 [Dauberville 1995]; given to the Art Institute, January 27, 1926 [Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, January 27, 1926]




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