Henri Matisse. The Back (II). Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1911 (?) - early March or April 1913

Henri Matisse

The Back (II)

Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1911 (?) - early March or April 1913

On view
6' 2 1/4" x 47 5/8" x 6" (188.5 x 121 x 15.2 cm)
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
© 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view in the Sculpture Garden, with 17 other works online.
Henri Matisse has 311 works online.
There are 1,431 sculptures online.

Matisse began Back (II) from a plaster cast of Back (I), which he reduced by carving and built up with more plaster as he worked, creating a more angular and massive form. He removed details from the head, hair, neck, and shoulders and reformulated the curving, S-shaped spine and soft flesh to produce a solid, stocky figure with a more geometric build.

Gallery label from Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917, July 18–October 11, 2010

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Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Pierre Matisse, 1956

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