Henri Matisse - Savages, or Three Studies of Bevilaqua, about 1900-1902

Henri Matisse (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 1869 - 1954, Nice)

Savages, or Three Studies of Bevilaqua, about 1900-1902

Pen and brush in black ink on paper, 33 x 24 cm (13 x 9 7/16 in.) sheet


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Purchased by the American scholar and archaeologist Thomas Whittemore (1871-1950), possibly in Munich in February 1910.
Loaned to Isabella Stewart Gardner by Thomas Whittemore on 7 February 1911 and officially given as a gift to her on 24 September 1923.


Inscribed (lower right): Henri-Matisse


"Loans Recieved in 1911." Annual Report of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, vol. 36 (Boston, 1912), p. 185. (as "Three Drawings by Matisse")
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). Drawings: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1968), pp. 59-60, no. 30. (as Savages (two male nudes and a head), style of about 1900)
Karen E. Haas. "Henri Matisse: 'A Magnificent Draughtsman.'" Fenway Court (1985), pp. 36-49, fig. 4. (as Savages or Three Studies of Bevilaqua, 1900-1903)
Hilliard Goldfarb and Susan Sinclair. Isabella Stewart Gardner: Woman and the Myth. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1994), pp. 31-32, 34, no. 7. (as Savages (Two Male Nudes and a Head), about 1900)
Anne McCauley in Alan Chong et al. (eds.) Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 2003), pp. 220-21, ill. (as Savages, or Three Studies of Bevilaqua, about 1900-1902)
Marilyn Kushner et al. The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution. Exh. cat. (New York: New-York Historical Society, 2013), p. 386.
Isabelle Monod-Fontaine and Sylvie Ramond. Henri Matisse: Le laboratoire intérieur. Exh. cat. (Lyon: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 2016-2017), p. 63, no. 22.

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