Carpet

Mimosa

1949-51 (designed) 1951 (made)

Matisse, Henri Emile BenoƮt

Height: 148.6 cm, Width: 91.9 cm, Depth: 7 cm pile

CIRC.106-1954 T&F

1950, USA; Matisse, Henri for Alexander Smith Inc.

Machine-woven Axminster wool carpet woven with a design of undulating petalled forms in vibrant yellow, deep black, and blues against shades of brown and red.

This rug is reportedly the only design that Matisse specifically created for use as a carpet. It was based on a cut-paper collage he made in 1949, with 1951 revisions. One of these rugs was exhibited by the St Louis Art Museum in 1977. In their catalogue the curator suggests the theme of the rug may derive from the Festival of Flowers in Nice, with its floats and parades. The mimosa is a key flower in this festival.

Location: In Storage

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