Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Henri Matisse, French, 1869-1954
Born: Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
Work Locations: France
Oil paint on canvas
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Horace Havemeyer for the William D. Lippitt Memorial Collection by exchange

Henri Matisse, Two Sisters, 1917, Oil on canvas, 23 1/8 x 28 1/4 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Horace Havemeyer for the William D. Lippitt Memorial Collection by exchange, 1950.42. © 2023 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

frame height: 30 7/8 in, 78.4225 cm; frame width: 36 in, 91.4400 cm; frame depth: 2 1/4 in, 5.7150 cm; image height: 23 1/8 in, 58.7375 cm; image width: 28 1/4 in, 71.7550 cm
"Henri Matisse", TR
Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern and Contemporary Art
This object is currently on view

Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his boldly colored compositions and his fame among the Fauvist art movement. Matisse constantly strived to simplify his forms, emphasizing contour and eliminating modeling. His forms were designated by flat planes of color in landscapes without perspective. Following trips to Morocco in early 1913 and Nice in 1916, Matisse painted a number of studies with his model Lorette along with her sister or sisters in oriental costume. The portrait of Lorette and her sister, Two Sisters, relates to these paintings done in southern France and Morocco but without costumes.

Known Provenance
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris. Acquired 15 May 1918 by Mancini. (Sam Salz, New York). Collection of Mrs. Sam Lewisohn [1895-1954], New York. Purchased 1950 from (M. Knoedler & Co., New York) by the Denver Art Museum for the William D. Lippitt Memorial Collection by exchange of paintings gifted by Horace Havemeyer.
Exhibition History
  • "Matisse Exhibition"--Smith College, 1943
  • Cincinnati Art Museum, 1944
  • City Art Museum, St. Louis, 1945
  • "Painting in Paris"--Hatton Gallery, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1993
  • "Matisse"--Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1995
  • "Matisse In Transition: Portraits of Lorette"--Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2006
  • "Matisse: People, Masks, Models"--Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 2008/2009
  • "Matisse and the Model"--Eykyn Maclean Gallery, New York, 2011