Woman in Blue
Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954
Oil on canvasDimensions:
36 1/2 x 29 inches (92.7 x 73.7 cm)Copyright:
© Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (RS), New YorkCuratorial Department:
Modern and Contemporary ArtObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
Gift of Mrs. John Wintersteen, 1956
The model for this composition was Lydia Delectorskaya, a beautiful young Russian émigré who worked closely with Henri Matisse during the last twenty years of his life. Delectorskaya designed the dress shown here after Matisse purchased the sumptuous violet-blue fabric in Paris. The resulting concoction, held together by loose stitches and pins, was intended only for use in Matisse's studio in Nice and appears in several of his paintings of this period.
With Paul Rosenberg, Paris, acquired from the artist, 1937; with Rosenberg & Helft, London, 1937; sold to Henry P. McIlhenny, Philadelphia, July 1937; gift to his sister, Bernice (Bonnie) M. McIlhenny Wintersteen (Mrs. John Wintersteen), Villanova, PA, July 1937 ; gift to PMA, 1956.
1. When asked by McIlhenny to recommend one of Matisse's figure paintings to purchase, the artist suggested his "Woman in Blue". See Rishel, Henry P. McIlhenny Collection, 1987, p. 68, and also correspondence from Paul Rosenberg, 1937 to 1938, in Henry McIlhenny Archives, object files (copies in curatorial file). Rosenberg was Matisse's dealer in this period.