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

* Gallery 167, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950

Social Tags [?]

interior [x]  

[Add Your Own Tags]

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.

* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.