Odalisque with Tambourine (Harmony in Blue)

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
Oil on canvas 
36-1/4 x 25-5/8 in. (92.1 x 65.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© 2017 Succession H. Matisse/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
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The image of the odalisque, a concubine of a Near Eastern harem, has a rich history in French painting, especially from the time of nineteenth-century artists such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Eugène Delacroix. It became the primary theme of Henri Matisse’s work during the 1920s. His single
dancer in motion forms a robust arabesque. The red patterns in the blue background seem to be swelling and contracting in rhythm with the sound of the music to which she is moving.


Artist’s collection, still in 1931;
Pierre Loeb, Paris.
Joseph Hessel, Paris.
Paul and Marguerite Rosenberg, Paris and New York by 1937, private inventory no. 3605-P;
Confiscated by ERR, no. PR24 (1941), traded to;
Gustav Rochlitz, Paris, to;
Max Stöcklin, Paris, transferred to;
Georges Schmid, Zurich, sold to;
Galerie [Toni] Aktuaryus, Zurich, for CHF 12,000, sold 18 December 1942 for CHF 14,000 to;
Emil Bührle, Zurich, restituted 3 June 1948 to;
Paul Rosenberg, New York, sold 2 September 1966 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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