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Heinz Berggruen, Paris, a gift from the artist in 1953 (after the work was used for for the poster of Berggruen's Matisse Papier Découpés exhibition of 1953).
G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh, by 1960.
Galerie Rusche, Cologne.
Private collection, Germany, by whom acquired from the above in the early 1960s and thence by descent; sale, Christie's, London, 10 February 2005, lot 665.
Private collection, London, by whom acquired at the above sale and thence by descent to the present owner.
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Paris, Galerie Berggruen, Matisse Papiers Découpés, February - March 1953 (illustrated on the poster of the exhibition).
Zurich, Kunsthaus, Sammlung G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh, October - November 1960 (probably no. 132, titled 'Komposition'); this exhibition later travelled to Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen, December 1960 - January 1961 and The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, February - April 1961.
Cologne, Galerie Baukunst, Werke der Reife, October - November 1970 (illustrated p. 57).
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, Henri Matisse Paper Cut-Outs, September - October 1977, no. 164 (titled 'Algue', illustrated p. 209); this exhibition later travelled to Detroit, The Institute of Arts, November 1977 - January 1978; St. Louis, Art Museum, January - March 1978.