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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Henri Matisse, French (Cateau-Cambresis, France 1869 - 1954 Nice, France)
Two Sketches of a Nude Girl Playing a Flute
Work Type
c. 1905-1906
Creation Place: Europe, France
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Physical Descriptions

Graphite on off-white laid paper
sight: 34.4 x 21 cm (13 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
framed: 54.6 x 39.4 x 2.2 cm (21 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, l.r.: Henri Matisse


Recorded Ownership History
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kerrigan, New York, New York, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1928.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kerrigan
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), no. 734
  • Agnes Mongan, Great Drawings of All Time, ed. Ira Moskowitz and Victoria Thorson, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, 1962), cat. no. 851, n.p., repr.
  • Victor Carlson, Matisse as a Draughtsman, exh. cat., Baltimore Museum of Art and New York Graphic Society (Baltimore and New York, 1971), no. 9, repr.
  • Matisse-Derain: Collioure 1905, un été fauve, exh. cat., Gallimard (Paris, 2005), fig. 91
  • Ellen McBreen, Matisse's Sculpture: The Pinup and the Primitive, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2014), pp. 31-35, fig. 23, ill.
  • Henri Matisse: Le laboratoire intérieur, exh. cat., Les Éditions Hazan and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Paris, 2016), p. 72, cat. 24, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Matisse as a Draughtsman, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 01/01/1971 - 02/28/1971; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 03/01/1971 - 04/30/1971; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 05/01/1971 - 06/30/1971
  • The Sculpture and Drawings of Henri Matisse, Tate Britain, London, 10/03/1984 - 01/06/1985
  • Henri Matisse, le laboratoire intérieur, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 12/02/2016 - 03/06/2017

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