cast no. 8/10; cast in 1948

© Succession H. Matisse %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Reclining Nude II, 1927

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Gift of the Dayton-Hudson Corporationexpand_more  71.9.5

This bronze vividly demonstrates the two central concerns that Matisse addressed in his sculpture: evident surface manipulation and evocative distribution of forms in space. The rounded hip and other curving volumes dominate the sculpture when seen from the front. By contrast, the artist took bold liberties with the original clay surface defining the back of the sculpture, including emphatic gougings into the lower back, and left leg and thigh. Matisse’s interests in surface and form coalesce dramatically in the raised arm, however, where massive planing of the surface underscores its stark silhouette.

Details
Title
Reclining Nude II
Artist Life
1869–1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
71.9.5
Catalogue Raisonne
Duthuit no. 69
Curator Approved

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cast no. 8/10; cast in 1948

© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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