The picture is composed from pieces of paper cut out of sheets painted with gouache, and was created during the last years of Matisse's life. Le Bateau caused a minor stir when the Museum of Modern Art, which housed it, hung the print upside-down for 46 days in 1961 until Genevieve Habert, a stockbroker, noticed the mistake and notified a guard. Habert later informed the New York Times who in turn notified Monroe Wheeler, the Museum's art director. As a result, the artwork was rehung properly.
The museum currently houses the piece in the "Final Works of Henri Matisse" exhibition.
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|13.84 cm × 10.33 cm (5.4 in × 4.1 in)
|New York, Museum of Modern Art