Two Women

(1907-1908/cast 1908)

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

Bronze, 18 3/8 × 10 1/8 × 7 7/8 in. (46.7 × 25.7 × 20 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.3456

Provenance:
[Probably Marlborough-Gerson Gallery or Otto Gerson]
Hanover Gallery, London, to 9 July 1958
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 9 July 1958-17 May 1996
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
GRAND PALAIS, Paris. "Société du Salon d'Automne," 1 October-8 November 1908, no. 922 (as Groupe de deux jeunes filles).
MONTROSS GALLERY, New York. "Henri Matisse," 20 January-27 February 1915, no. 94 (as Group of Two Women).
XVI BINENALE INTERNAZIONALE D'ARTE, Venice. "French Pavillion," June-October 1928, no. 58, p. 200 (as Due ragazze).
HANOVER GALLERY, London. "Giacometti, Marini, Matisse, Moore," 24 June-13 September 1958, no. 28, ill.
ART GALLERY OF TORONTO. Extended loan. 1 October-14 November 1958.
FINE ARTS ASSOCIATES, New York. "Henri Matisse: Sculpture, Drawings," 25 November-20 December 1958, no. 14, ill.
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. "Sculpture in Our Time: Collected by Joseph H. Hirshhorn," 5 May-23 August 1959, no. 160. 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. 297, ill. p. 80.
ART GALLERIES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES. "Henri Matisse," 5 January-27 February 1966, no. 111, ill. p 129. TOUR: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 11 March-24 April; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 11 May-26 June.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 207, p. 721.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Tokyo. "Matisse," 20 March-17 May 1981, no. 97, ill. p. 128, p. 221. TOUR: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Kyoto, 26 May-19 July 1981.
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, Toronto. "Gauguin to Moore: Primitivism in Modern Sculpture," 7 November 1981-3 January 1982, cat. by Alan G. Wilkinson, no. 61, pp. 140-42, ill.
WURTTEMBERGISCHER KUNSTVEREIN STUTTGART, West Germany. "Exotic Worlds, European Fantasies," 1 September-29 November 1987, no. 4.7, ill. p. 406.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Henri Matisse: A Retrospective," 15 September 1992-12 January 1993 (extended to 19 January), no. 94, p. 168, ill.
[TAIPEI FINE ARTS MUSEUM, Taiwan. "The Human Figure Interpreted: Modern Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum," 25 March-28 May 1995, p. 68, ill. p. 69].
[ODAKYU MUSEUM, Tokyo, Japan. "The Human Figure Interpreted: Modern Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum," 9-27 August 1995, no. 22, p. 70. TOUR: IWAKI CITY ART MUSEUM, 23 September-5 November; TAKAMATSU CITY MUSEUM OF ART, 10 November-10 December].
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London. "Paris: Capital of the Arts, 1900-1968," 26 January-19 April 2002. TOUR: GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO, Spain, 21 May-3 September 2002.

Published References:
[UNSIGNED. "Notable Works of Art Now on the Market," Burlington Magazine 99 (December 1957), n.p. ill. 27]
DEVREE, HOWARD. "Matisse: Sculptor," New York Times (30 November 1958), sec. 2, p. 9.
MOCK, JEAN YVES. "Notes from Paris and London," Apollo 68 (August 1958), p. 59.
RUBIN, WILLIAM S. "The Hirshhorn Collection at the Guggenheim," Art International 6 (November 1962), ill. p. 36.
SYLVESTER, DAVID. Modern Art (New York: Grolier, 1965), ill. p. 25.
KRAMER, HILTON. "Matisse as a Sculptor," Boston Museum Bulletin 64 (1966), pp. 54-55, ill. 6.
READ, HERBERT. "The Sculpture of Matisse," Henri Matisse (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1966), p. 22.
SELDIS, HENRY. "The Magic of Matisse," Apollo 83 (April 1966), p. 253.
ARNASON, H. HARVARD. History of Modern Art (New York: Abrams, 1968), p. 115, ill. 180.
ELSEN, ALBERT E. The Sculpture of Henri Matisse (New York: Abrams, 1972), ill. 104.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), pp. 128, 721, ill. 207.
TUCKER, WIILIAM. Early Modern Sculpture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1974), pp. 91-92, 96, ill. 85.
TUCKER, WILLIAM. "Matisse's Sculpture: The Grasped and the Seen," Art in America 63 (July-August 1975), pp. 63, 64, ill. p. 64.
HOBHOUSE, JANET. "Looking at Art: Matisse's Two Negresses," ARTnews 86 (December 1987), pp. 91-92, ill.
MUSEES DU NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS. De Matisse à audjourd'hui (1992), p. 20, ill. 10, pp. 23, 25.
DUTHUIT, CLAUDE. Henri Matisse (Paris: 1997), no. 36, cast. 1, ill.

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