In the 1930s, Pierre Matisse developed his art business, which included overseeing the works of his father, Henri, and the trade of African, Oceanic, and Indigenous art of the Americas. Megan O’Neil, curator and professor of art history at Emory University, explores the history of an Olmec figurine that Pierre Matisse sold to the Wadsworth in 1937, and the journeys of this ancient Mexican work in relation to the transatlantic art trade. Free.
Portrait: Megan O’Neil; Image: Seated Dwarf, 900–600 BCE, Mesoamerican, Mexico, Olmec. Hematite. The Henry D. Miller Fund, 1937.85