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Woman in an Armchair (Femme au fauteuil)

Henri Matisse

European Art

Between 1916 and 1917 Henri Matisse made some fifty paintings of a professional Italian model named Lorette. She enjoyed dressing up in different studio costumes, and he was inspired by her expressiveness and changeability. Here, she sits in a pink upholstered armchair wrapped in a green gandoura, a Moroccan robe typically worn by men, projecting a pensive air.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1916–1917
    DIMENSIONS 8 9/16 x 5 5/8 in. (21.7 x 14.3 cm) Frame: 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 2 in. (36.2 x 28.6 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Incised upper right: "Henri Matisse"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Laura L. Barnes
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1966, provenance not yet documented; before 1966, acquired or exhibited at Carstairs Gallery, New York, NY; by April 29, 1966, acquired by Laura Leggett Barnes of Merion, PA; 1967, bequeathed by Laura Leggett Barnes to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Henri Matisse (Le Cateau–Cambrésis, France, 1869 – 1954, Nice, France). Woman in an Armchair (Femme au fauteuil), ca. 1916–1917. Oil on canvas, 8 9/16 x 5 5/8 in. (21.7 x 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes, 67.24.15. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.24.15_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 67.24.15_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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