Mr. & Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III, New York (by descent from the above)
John T. Dorrance, Jr., Pennsylvania (sold: Sotheby's, New York, October 18, 1989, lot 42)
Acquired at the above sale
"It was Lorette who liberated (or was liberated by) Matisse," writes Hilary Spurling, "Together they embarked on a series of experiments that would open up a new direction in his work for another decade or more" (H. Spurling, Matisse the Master. A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954, New York, 2005, p. 198). Lorette was playful in the studio, donning and removing various costumes and accouterments, assuming varied poses and playing with different props. "...He responded to Lorette's expert lead as spontaneously as a dancer taking to the floor. She released in him an observant gaiety and speedy, casual attack suppressed in years of strenuous sacrificial effort. He painted her energetically from odd angles and in exotic outfits, but mostly he returned to her simplest post, seating her facing him in a plain, long sleeved top and improvising endlessly inventive rhythmic variations on the central them of her strong features, heart-shaped face and the black ropes of her hair" (ibid., pp. 200-01).
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