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Nu de Trois-quarts, une partie de la Tete Coupée
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Nu de Trois-quarts, une partie de la Tete Coupée


Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)


Width: 33 cm (sheet); Height: 50.3 cm (sheet);


Inscription, inscribed, signed on the stone, recto & lower right:
with initials HM

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

About this work
This abruptly cropped study of a nude epitomises Matisse’s aim of radically simplifying form; he wrote of his approach to the figure, ‘I will condense the meaning of [the] body by seeking its essential lines.’ Lithography allowed his draughtsmanship a freedom which other printmaking techniques could not; here, the sweeping outlines of the figure, stripped of extraneous detail, bring the white space of the paper to life. The paring away of detail gives great expressive power to slight variations in the thickness of the lines. (Permanent collection label)

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

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