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Seated woman


Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Graphite on wove paper

Height: 35.5 cm; Width: 25.4 cm;

Blue crayon, verso, 1A
Graphite, verso, partially erased, 34 sx / 46 x 35 s

Inscribed by the artist in graphite, upper right & recto, Henri-Matisse

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1935

About this work
This is a preparatory drawing for the painting The Black Table (now in private collection), which Matisse produced in the summer of 1919 and which depicts a young woman lounging in a wicker chair. The nineteen-year-old Antoinette Arnoux served as the model, and this drawing studies her at a level of detail that is lessened in the painting. Matisse shows her sensually unveiled in a Moorish costume, the sinuous contours evoking and emphasising the woman’s seductive powers as she fixes the viewer with a direct gaze. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © Succession H. Matisse/DACS, London, 2003. Image © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

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