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Antoinette with Long Hair, 1919

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After his move to Nice in the south of France in 1917, Matisse's drawing style became more relaxed and fluid, a sign of his increasing confidence as a draftsman. In 1919, Matisse recruited the stylish 19-year-old model Antoinette Arnaud. Her strong, classic features, long hair, and casual directness inspired a wealth of drawings and paintings during this incredibly productive period in Matisse's career. In this drawing, Matisse uses a fine pencil to achieve a clarity of line and a luminosity that seems to sparkle from the smooth paper. His goal was to suggest the character of Antoinette through a few rapid strokes, fixing expression through the most simple of marks and details. This insightful portrait was one of 50 drawings published by Matisse in 1920 to commemorate his 50th birthday.

Details
Title
Antoinette with Long Hair
Artist Life
1869–1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
96.88
Provenance
The Matisse Family, Paris; [Pace Master Prints and Drawings, New York, until 1996; sold to the MIA].
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