Rare Inuit portraits by Henri Matisse displayed for first time in the U.S.

After World War II, Matisse’s son-in-law, Georges Duthuit, an art critic and collector in New York City, had Yupik masks and other artifacts brought them to France. Duthuit and the artist’s daughter, Marguerite, asked Matisse to illustrate a book they had planned about the Arctic. He made 50 illustrations, among them the portraits.