Geraniums
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.52
People
Henri Matisse, French (Cateau-Cambresis, France 1869 - 1954 Nice, France)
Title
Geraniums
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1910
Culture
French
Location
Level 1, Room 1220, European Art, 19th–20th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
61.4 x 50.4 cm (24 3/16 x 19 13/16 in.)
framed: 79.4 x 68.4 x 7 cm (31 1/4 x 26 15/16 x 2 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l. r.: Henri Matisse
  • inscription: verso, stretcher, blue chalk or crayon: [two words, illegible]
  • stamp: verso, two identical, round export stamps in brown ink, one on the canvas and one on the stretcher: DOUANES / PARIS / EXPOSITION
  • inscription: verso, stretcher, graphite: [illegible grouping of numbers]
  • label: verso, stretcher, blue border label with handwriting in brown ink: 53
  • label: verso, stretcher, label with decorative blue border, mostly torn-off : [illegible]
  • inscription: verso, stretcher, graphite: pot de Geraniums / BJ
  • inscription: verso, stretcher, blue chalk: B.J.
  • inscription: verso, stretcher, graphite: 134
  • inscription: verso, stretcher, white chalk: [illegible, inscription mostly gone]
  • stamp: verso, center stretcher, black ink: VALENTINE GALLERY / 16 East 57th Street / New York
  • inscription: verso, center stretcher, blue chalk, crayon or colored pencil: [illegible]
Provenance
Private Collector, Paris, Said to have been bought directly from artist, 1918.
Maurice Wertheim, Purchased from the Valentine Gallery, 1937, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
Copyright
© Les Heritiers Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.52
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Twenty Paintings by Henri Matisse, exh. cat., Valentine Gallery (New York, NY, 1936), no. 7

French Painting since 1870, lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), p. 54, repr. p. 55

La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), p. 65; repr. p. 66

The Maurice Wertheim Catalogue: Modern French Art-- Monet to Picasso, exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC, 1960), p. 24, repr. p. 25

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art-- Manet to Picasso, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1962), p. 28, repr. p. 29

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Maine State Museum (Augusta, ME, 1972), no. 14, repr.

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 28, pp. 117-119, 158; repr. in color p. 118

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 38, p. 107

Gabriel Dunn, ""Experimental and Innovative: Matisse Paintings from the Wertheim Collection"" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2012), Unpublished, pp. 1-50 passim

Vivien Raynor, "Art: Impressionist Show at the I.B.M. Gallery" [review], The New York Times (New York, NY, April 26, 1985), p. C24, repr.

"Outstanding Modern Painters in Decoration", Arts & Decoration (January 1937), vol. XLV, pp. 16-17, repr., p. 17

"Notes About Art", The New York Times, International edition (July 29, 1951), repr.

Howard Devree, "By French Masters: The Metropolitan Shows Wertheim Collection", The New York Times (New York, NY, July 6 1952), p. 6, p. 6, repr.

Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Today's Collectors: Modern Milestones", Art News (June 1946), vol. XLV, no. 4, p. 64

Elizabeth M. Rudy, Researching the Wertheim Collection at the Harvard Art Museums, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Summer 2014), Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 301-6

Exhibition History

French Painting since 1870 lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1946 - 09/07/1946; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 07/01/1953 - 09/13/1953

La Peinture Française depuis 1870, Musée de la Province de Quebec, 07/12/1949 - 08/07/1949

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 07/01/1952 - 09/14/1952

French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art--Monet to Picasso, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 06/17/1960 - 09/04/1960

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 06/13/1962 - 09/02/1962

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 06/20/1963 - 09/01/1963

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, 06/24/1965 - 09/07/1965

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 09/03/1968 - 09/22/1968

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 06/01/1971 - 09/30/1971

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Maine State Museum, Augusta, 06/01/1972 - 09/01/1972

Manet to Matisse: The Maurice Wertheim Collection, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 04/09/1985 - 05/25/1985

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990

Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011

Subjects and Contexts

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