Pierre Matisse, son of the Fauvist master Henri Matisse, was a prominent collector of European modern art in the mid-twentieth century. In October 1932, he opened the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York City and served as a champion of the sale and display of European modern art in the United States. In that same year, the gallery exhibited its first show on the Surrealist artist Joan Miró, and Matisse would continue to exhibit Miró more often than any other artist he represented during his illustrious 55-year career.
The blue, white, and black exhibition brochure boasts the “first showing of paintings, gouache, pastels, and drawings by Joan Miró.” This show was held from April 15 to May 17, 1952, almost 20 years after the gallery’s first Miró exhibition. While most definitely not the first display of Miró’s work, perhaps the brochure is claiming the exhibition is the first to combine these four artistic mediums.
The black, white, and red exhibition poster found in the Guggenheim’s library collection is from a 1949 exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery containing pastels, gouaches, drawings, and sculptures created by Miró during the period from 1933 to 1943.