cast no. 8/10; cast in 1948

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Reclining Nude II, 1927



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.

Reclining Nude II
Artist Life
Accession Number
The artist. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frederik Hellström (1890-1968), Consul General of Sweden, Minneapolis (by 1953–1955, sold to Bruce Dayton); Dayton Hudson Corporation, Minneapoli (1955–71, given to Mia)
Catalogue Raisonne
Duthuit no. 69
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cast no. 8/10; cast in 1948

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