Henri Matisse. Emma's Face Turned to the Left I (Visage d'Emma tourné à gauche I). 1915

Henri Matisse Emma's Face Turned to the Left I (Visage d'Emma tourné à gauche I) 1915

  • Not on view

Emma’s Face Turned to the Left, like many of the artist's monotypes, played an important historical role: Matisse regularly used the money earned from selling the works to send food and supplies to French prisoners of war during World War I. This print was inscribed by Matisse with the dedication, Pour les Prisonniers civils en Bohain-en-Vermandois ("For the civilian prisoners in Bohain-en-Vermandois," his hometown).

Gallery label from New to the Print Collection: Matisse to Bourgeois, June 13, 2012–January 7, 2013.
Monotype with chine collé
plate: 7 11/16 x 5 13/16" (19.6 x 14.8 cm); sheet: 14 3/4 x 10 5/8" (37.4 x 27 cm)
Henri Matisse
Acquired through the generosity of Jerry I. Speyer
Object number
© 2021 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Drawings and Prints

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].