Henri Matisse - Three Studies of Zorah, 1912

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

Three Girls' Heads, Tangier, 1912

Ink on buff paper, 30.5 x 25 cm (12 x 9 13/16 in.) sheet

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Object details

Accession number

1.3.o.30

Provenance

Possibly a gift from the artist Henri Matisse to the philosopher Matthew Stewart Prichard (1865-1936) around 4 January 1913.
Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection at Green Hill by 1913, possibly as a gift from Matthew Stewart Prichard.

Marks

Inscribed (left, in pencil): Henri Matisse, Tangier 1912

Bibliography

Galerie Bernheim-Jeune. Exposition Henri-Matisse: Tableaux du Maroc et Scupture. Exh. Cat. (Paris, 14-19 April 1913), p. 7, ill.
Alfred Hamilton Barr. Matisse: His Art and his Public (New York, 1966), pp. 105, 155, 379, ill. (as a preliminary sketch for Zorah Standing, now housed in The State Hermitage Musuem, Saint Petersburg)
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). Drawings: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1968), pp. 61-62, no. 31. (entitled "Three Girls' Heads")
Karen E. Haas. "Henri Matisse: 'A Magnificent Draughtsman.'" Fenway Court (1985), pp. 36-49, fig. 13. (entitled "Three Girls' Heads or Three Studies of Zorah")
Anne Baldasari in Isabelle Monod-Fontaine et al. Oeuvres de Matisse. Exh. cat. (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1989), p. 170-71, fig. c. (entitled "Zorah: Three Studies")
Rémi Labrusse in Claude Duthuit et al. (eds.). Le Maroc de Matisse. Exh. cat. (Paris: l'Institut du monde arabe, 1999), pp. 90-93, ill. (entitled "Three Studies of Zorah")


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