still life on table in foreground; woman in back on right; window on left

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Woman with Still Life, 1944

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Henri Matisse once told his students, “One must always search for the desire of the line, where it wishes to enter or where to die away.” The very spare outline technique typical of his ink drawings is much in evidence in Woman with Still Life, whose lines are fluent but, despite the seemingly simple subject matter, not facile. In Matisse’s mind these lines were conscious, probing, and full of intent. Their quavering quality seems to invite us in, guiding us to retrace the artist’s encounter with his subject.

Details
Title
Woman with Still Life
Artist Life
1869–1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
91.148.7
Provenance
James Lord (1922-2009), Paris. [Valentine Gallery (Valentine Dudensing), New York]; private collector (until 1987; sold to Achim Moeller); [Achim Moeller Fine Art Limited, New York, 1987-1991; sold to Dayton]; Ruth and Bruce B. Dayton, Wayzata (until 1991; given to MIA).
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still life on table in foreground; woman in back on right; window on left

© 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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