Selected Photographs

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Madame Anna Heloise Matisse and her son Henri, the painter, 1889.

Matisse (middle) L'Academie Julian run by the famous French painter Bouguereau 1892(?).

Matisse photographed by his friend  Emile Weryin 1896 during a visit to Belle-Ile, in Britany.

Matisse in c. 1902 standing in front of his sculpture The Slave before he decided to eliminate its arms.

This photograph shows Matisse in his studio at Collioure in the summer of 1907, with his wife Amélie and his daughter Marguite. Behind Matisse Le Luxe I can be glimpsed.

The appartment of Michael and Sarah Stein at no. 58 Rue Marame, Paris, c. 1907. Matisse sits in the middle.

Matisse's family on horseback. From left to right: Marguerite, Pierre, Henri, and Jean Matisse. c. 1909.

Matisse at work on La Danse, c. 1909.

Émile Hippolyte Matisse and Anna Heloise Gerard, parents of Matisse, before 1910.

Matisse in Moscow in 1911 in the house of the Russian art collector Schuki. On the wall hangs Matisse's Woman in Green.

The House of the Russian art collector Schukin in Mosca showing the "Matisse Room." Schukin owned at least 37 of the most significant paintings by Matisse including La Danse and Music.

Matisse in the autumn of 1911 in his studio at Issy-les-Moulineaux in front of his easel with Still Life with "La Danse."

Matisse in his living room at Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1913. By this year Matisse had achieved financial success.

Matisse resting on the steps of his home in Issy-les-Moulineaux, May 1913. On the step is a copy he made of a sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye.

Matisse at work on Bathers by a River in his studio at Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1913.

Matisse and Madame Matisse in the studio of Issy-les-Moulineaux in front of the unfinished Bathers by a River, May, 1913.

Matissse at work on Portrait of Michael Stein, Autumn of 1916.

The House of Renoir
seated: Greta Prozar and
Auguste Renoir
standing: Claude Renoir, Matisse & Pierre Renoir.

Matisse as he paints his model Henriette, c. 1920.

Matisse with his palette standing in front of the Decorative Figure with an Ornamental Background, 1926-1927.

Matisse drawing in the corner of his apartment in Nice with one of his models dressed in odalisque fashion in 1927-1928.

Matisse and Madame Matisse in the dining room of the fourth-floor appartment at no. 1 Place Charles-Felix, Nice, c, 1929.

Matisse making a study of a swan in the Bois de Boulogne, c. 1930.

Matisse arriving in New York City on the S. S. Mauretania, December 15, 1930.

Matisse in New York, taken by Pierre Matisse, 1930.

Matisse at the Pacific island of Tahiti, 1930.

Lydia Delectorskaya in front of her easel in a photograph taken by Matisse. Lydia also modeled for a number of Matisse's works. 1935.

Matisse drawing a kouros Greek at the Louvre, 1932.

A photograph Lydia Delectorskaya taken by Matisse, c. 1935.


Alicia Markova and Henri Matisse as Matisse designs his costumes for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of Rouge et Noir. Choreography by Leonide Massine. About 1939.

Matisse at Work on Nymph in the Forest in his stuio at the Hôtel Régina, Nice-Cimiez, August 1941.

The window in Collioure which Matisse painted for his famous Window in Collioure, 1942.

Sister Jacques-Marie and Matisse with studies for the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence in the background, 1942.

The Inside of the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence.

The studio of Matisse during the period he was working on the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence.

The studio of Matisse during the period he was working on the The Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence.

Matisse reading in his studio at the Villa le Rêve, Vence, c. 1945. At the top is his painting Still Life with Magnolia (1945).

Matisse, like Bonnard, loved cats. He lived at Villa le Rêve with Minouche and Coussi, who it is said, had an "M" for Matisse on his forehead.

Lydia Delectorskaya assist the ailing matisse in his residence at Villa le Rêve, Vence, c. 1945.

Lydia Delectorskaya in front of a window at Villa le Rêve, Vence in a photograph taken by Matisse.

A window at Villa le Rêve with the "Etruscan vase"  that was often painted by Matisse.


Matisse in 1946.

A photograph by Matisse of the armchair which appears in his famous canvas, The Rococco Armchair, Vence, 1946.

Matisse in his studio, Vence, 1946.

Matisse at Villa le Rêve, Vence, 1946.

Matisse drawing in his garden at Villa le Rêve, Vence.

Matisse and Rosamond Bernier, American author, 1948.

Matisse with the first copy of Florilège des Amours de Ronsard, 1948.

Matisse at his studio in the south of France in 1948.

Matisse in bed working on his cut outs, Vence, 1948.

Matisse draws a head for the decoration of Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence in his studio/room in the Hotel Regina, in Nice-Cimiez, 1950.

Matisse drawing the Stations of the Cross with the aid of a bambu pole in the interior of the Chapelle de Rosaire at Vence.

Matisse and Father Rayssiguir, Chapelle de Rosaire, Vence, 1951.

Henri Matisse with a vase by Pablo Picasso at the home of the publisher Tériade, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, June, 1951.

Matisse at work on the Chapelle de Rosaire, Vence, c. 1951.

Matisse with his birds at the Hotel Regina, Nice-Cimiez,  c. 1952.

Matisse in the Chapelle de Rosaire, Vence,
c. 1952.

Matisse at work at his paper cut outs in his studio at Nice, 1952.

Mockup of the Negress, c. 1952.

Matisse at work on an illustration for his book, Ulysses, 1953.

Exhibit of matisse's paper cut outs at the gallery of Heinz Berggruen in Paris, 1953.