Decorative Figure on an Ornamental Ground

Oil on canvas
51 1/8 x 38 5/8 in. (130 x 98 cm)
Musée National d'Art Moderne,
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

From "Henri Matisse: A Retrospective"


"APRIL 28 TO MID-OCTOBER: Is represented at the "Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industrials modernes," Esplanade des Invalides, Paris, in the installation of paintings at the Pavillon-Studio des Éditions Bernheim-Jeune, on the Cours-la-Reine.

"SUMMER: Travels in Italy with Mme Matisse, Marguerite, and her husband. Passing through Rome, they visit southern Italy and Sicily. Pages from a sketchbook used during this trip show views of Posillipo, Capri, Salerno, Paestum, and Palermo.

"JULY 10: Is created a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

"AUGUST 13: Is in Amsterdam for a visit.

"1925 - 26 SEASON

"AUTUMN: Is in Nice, at place Charles-Félix. By the end of 1925, will make a group of sculpturally modeled lithographs of seated odalisques, as well as softer, more loosely conceived lithographs, including the series Ten Dancers, which will be published as an album by Bernheim-Jeune in I927. In the winter and through the remainder of this season, his painting becomes more solidly volumetric, while retaining its decorative character, as in Odalisque with a Tambourine and Decorative Figure on an Ornamental Ground. At this time, probably makes the first two of three sculpted heads of Henriette and begins his largest freestanding sculpture, Large Seated Nude, probably not completed until 1929.

"SEPTEMBER 15: His interview with Jacques Guenne, which took place at Issy during the "Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs," is published in L'art vivant. In it, he discusses his formative years and expounds upon the importance to him of Cezanne, whom he describes as "a sort of god of painting."

"SEPTEMBER 26-NOVEMBER 2: Shows one work in the Salon d'Automne.

"SEPTEMBER-EARLY OCTOBER: Is in the mountains near Nice.

"NOVEMBER 13 - 28: Exhibition at the Quatre Chemins gallery, Paris, on the occasion of its publishing Waldemar George's book on Matisse's drawings."