The Window, 1916

  • Henri Matisse, French, 1869-1954

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 57 1/2 × 46 inches (146.1 × 116.8 cm)
  • 64 3/8 × 53 × 3 inches (163.5 × 134.6 × 7.6 cm)

City of Detroit Purchase

22.14

On View

  • Special Exhibitions: South S280

Department

European Modern Art to 1950

  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Trees
  • Flowers (plants)
  • Chairs
  • Rugs
  • Window
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Table
  • Issy-les-moulineaux

Signed, upper left: Henri Matisse

Inscribed, on back of canvas: H. Matisse, Issy (Seine) Inscribed, on stretcher: Interior (Les Myosotis) 1916

Dirkan G. Kelekian

January 30, 1922, sale, American Art Association, no. 160 (New York, New York, USA)

1922-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1921, p. 17, no. 71. (ill.). [As “Interior”] Burroughs, Clyde H. Exhibition of Modern Art. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts, 1922, probably cat. 51. P[oland], R[eginald]. “Modern Paintings Acquired.” Bulletin of the DIA 5, no. 1 (October 1923): 3–7, pp. 4-5, (ill.). Réau, Louis. L'Art Français aux Etats-Unis. Paris, 1926, p. 164. McBride, Henry. Matisse. New York, 1930, no. 39 (ill.). Barr Jr., Alfred H. Henri Matisse: Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1931, pp. 19, 49, no. 37 (ill.). Valentiner, W.R. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Modern French Painting. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts, 1931, p. 20, cat. 68. Barnes, Albert C. and Violette De Mazia. The Art of Henri-Matisse. New York, 1933, pp. xiii, 38, 39, 62, 117, 132, 269 (ill.), 437, no. 61. [As “Interior”] Valentiner, William R. “Expressionism and Abstract Painting.” Art Quarterly 4, no. 3 (Summer 1941): 210–239, pp. 218–219 (ill.). Richardson, Edgar P. Twentieth Century Painting. Detroit, 1943, pp. 11 (ill.); 18. Barr Jr., Alfred H. Matisse: His Art and His Public. New York, 1951, pp. 190, 198, 411, 558, (ill.). Masterpieces of Art in Memory of W. R. Valentiner. Exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh, 1959, pp. 177, 205, no. 118 (ill.). Gottlieb, Carla. “The Role of the Window in the Art of Matisse.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 22, no. 4 (Summer 1964): 393–423, pp. 396–399, 406 (ill.). Cummings, Frederick J. and Charles H. Elam, eds. The Detroit Institute of Arts Illustrated Handbook. Detroit, 1971, p. 169 (ill.). Carrà, Massimo. L’opera di Matisse: Dalla Rivolta ‘Fauve’ All’Intimismo 1904–1928. Milan, 1971, pp. 16; 55, pl. 39 (ill.); 94–95, no. 201 (ill.). Minemura, Toshiaki. Matisse. Tokyo, 1976, pl. 19 (ill.). 100 Masterworks from the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1985, pp. 216–217 (ill.). D'Alessandro, Stephanie, and John Elderfield. Matisse: Radical Invention 1913–1917. Exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 2010, pp. 270–273, no. 37 (ill.).

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Henri Matisse, The Window, 1916, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 22.14.