Henri Matisse's Ivy in Flower, 1953

Henri Matisse
Ivy in Flower, 1953

Visitors to the delegates’ lounge at the United Nations were greeted by “Ivy in Flower” by the French artist Henri Matisse. The roughly 10-foot square of bright red, green and blue cut-outs in a sea of marigold yellow was completed in 1953 as a design for a stained-glass window in the mausoleum of Albert Lasker. It was hung unframed, The Times reported, so Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld could decide whether or not to keep it. Today, “Ivy in Flower” is held by the Dallas Museum of Art.

April 6, 1954.

Credit Succession H. Matisse/ARS, NY; Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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