The Dance

(1911)/cast c. 1930

Henri Matisse, French, b. Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 1869–1954

Bronze, 16 3/4 x 7 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. (42.5 x 18.1 x 18.7 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.3454

The artist
Frederick Hellstrom (Swedish Consul General), Minneapolis (acquired directly from Matisse)
Paul Rosenberg, New York, to 13 September 1958
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 13 September 1958-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
FINE ARTS ASSOCIATES, New York. "Henri Matisse: Sculpture, Drawings," 25 November-20 December 1958, no. 10, ill.
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. "Sculpture in Our Time: Collected by Joseph H. Hirshhorn," 5 May-23 August 1959, no. 158. TOUR: MILWAUKEE ART CENTER, 10 September -11 October; WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, 25 October-6 December; WILLIAM ROCKHILL NELSON GALLERY OF ART, Kansas City, Missouri, 20 December-31 January 1960; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 1-27 March; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY, SCIENCE AND ART, 11 April-15 May; M. H. DE YOUNG MEMORIAL MUSEUM, San Francisco, 29 May-10 July; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, Colorado, 24 July-4 September; ART GALLERY OF TORONTO, 30 September-31 October.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 295.
ART GALLERIES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES. "Henri Matisse," 5 January-27 February 1966, no. 121, ill. p 133. TOUR: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 11 March-24 April; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 11 May-26 June 26.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "The Sculpture of Matisse," 22 February-29 May 1972, no. 47, ill. p. 20. TOUR: WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, 20 June-6 August; UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY, 26 September-5 November.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART. "Matisse: Painter as Sculptor," 21 January-29 April 2007, no. 59, ill. p. 174. TOUR: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 9 June-16 September; BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, 28 October-3 February 2008.
MUSEO SANTA GIULIA, Brescia, Italy. "Henri Matisse. La Seduzione della forma (Henri Matisse. The Seduction of Form)," 11 February-12 June 2011.
LEHMBRUCK MUSEUM, Germany. "Kneeling Woman 100 Years: Wilhelm Lehmbruck in Paris 1911 with Matisse, Brancusi, Debussy, Archipenko, Rodin, Nijinsky..." 'Kneeling Woman' -- Paris 1911," 24 September 2011-22 January 2012, color ill. p. 199; p. 235.
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, MD. “Matisse’s Dancers” 14 November 2012-4 February 2013.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. Sunday Blade Pictorial (Toledo), (July 26, 1959), ill.
GOLDWATER, ROBERT. "The Sculpture of Matisse," Art in America 60 (March-April 1972), p. 42.
LEGG, ALICIA. The Sculpture of Matisse (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1972), p. 20, ill.
DUTHUIT, CLAUDE. Henri Matisse (Paris, 1997), no. 54, cast 1, ill.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection