Pierre Matisse arrived in New York shortly before Christmas 1924 determined to make his mark. At that time, the New York art world was in its formative stages, entirely different from what it was to become by the close of the twentieth century. He was to play a significant role in its establishment. In 1925, the time of his first exhibition, which featured lithographs and drawings by his father, Henri Matisse, there were few galleries and no museums exhibiting contemporary art.
This publication documents many of the outstanding works exhibited at the Pierre Matisse Gallery and chronicles—through correspondence, ephemera, and photographs from the gallery’s archives, given to the Morgan in 1997—the history of one of the most significant venues of twentieth-century art.