The Serf
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1953.42
People
Henri Matisse, French (Cateau-Cambresis, France 1869 - 1954 Nice, France)
Title
The Serf
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
1900-1903
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
92.7 x 32.4 x 34.2 cm (36 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 13 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: back of base: HM 10/10
  • inscription: French: Valsuani cast ca. 1930
  • inscription: front of base, French: Le Serf
  • inscription: back of base; left side, French: Cire - C. Valsuani - perdue
Provenance
[Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, New York], sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1953.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Copyright
© Les Heritiers Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
1953
Object Number
1953.42
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Albert Edward Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York), pp. 24-40, fig. 26, 27, 32, 40, 42, 44, 45

Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, 1966), pp. 52, 305, repr.

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), cat. 35

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, 1967)

Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, London (London, 1984), p.9, fig 7

Jack Flam, Matisse in the Cone Collection: The Poetics of Vision, exh. cat., Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD, 2001), pp. 31-32, fig. 7

Collection(s), Matisse Museum (Le Cateau-Cambresis, France, 2002), pp. 15, 47, 82, 84, ill.

Exhibition History

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967

Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/12/1967 - 12/03/1967

Pioneers of Modern Sculpture, Tate Gallery, London, 07/30/1973 - 09/23/1973

Carvings, Casts, & Replicas: nineteenth-century sculpture from Europe & America in New England collections, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 01/26/1995 - 04/23/1995; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, 09/22/1994 - 12/11/1994

Modern Art at Harvard, Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000; Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted