Henri Matisse - Nu Pour Cleveland (Nude for Cleveland)

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Quelle Soi a baume de temps / Souvenir de Mallarme

Medium: Original Etching, 1932, on chine appliqué supported on Arches, paper, signed by the artist in pencil, lower right.

Reference: Duthuit-Matisse, M. & Duthuit, C. (1983). Henri Matisse, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre grave établi avec la collaboration de Françoise Garnaud. Claude Duthuit: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 233 on pgs. 180-1.

Edition: 250 ; There were also 6 Trial proofs, and 10 artists proofs.

Size: Plate: 14 7/16 x 11 5/16 in. (36.7 x 28.7 cm); Sheet: 19 11/16 x 15 3/4 in. (50 x 40 cm)

Note: This was made as a publication for the Cleveland Print Club, issue number 12, in 1934.

Using very minimal lines and smooth strokes, Matisse has been able to portray a nude figure whose contrapposto form is translated into a seated position. The angle of her hips are in opposition to the angle of her shoulders, allowing her torso to be curved and shaped ever so slightly. Furthermore, the elongated upper body is continued beyond her shoulders with her elbows outstretched, her hands hanging down her neck. She is set in a lush scene with billowing pillows and a thick cover which envelops her lower body.

Public Collections:

Bibliothèque Nationale, Partis

Cincinnati Art Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Yale University Art Library, Baltimore Museum of Art;