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The Moorish Screen

Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

36 3/16 x 29 1/4 inches (91.9 x 74.3 cm) Framed: 45 3/8 x 38 x 4 1/2 inches (115.3 x 96.5 x 11.4 cm)

© Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950

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Henri Matisse painted The Moorish Screen shortly after he moved to a third-floor apartment at 1, Place Charles-Félix in Nice, France, in the fall of 1921. The two fashionably dressed young women, who can be identified as the artist's daughter Marguerite and his favorite model Henriette Darricarrère, are contrasted with the iridescent blue and green latticed moucharabieh (Moorish screen), which divided the studio into two large rooms. A bedroom with floral patterned wallpaper is visible in the background, while in the sitting room Darricarrère is shown seated in an armchair, seemingly in conversation with Marguerite, who leans casually on the mantelpiece.