Henri Matisse. Standing Woman Seen from Behind. Study for The Back (I). 1909

Henri Matisse Standing Woman Seen from Behind. Study for The Back (I) 1909

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Among the numerous drawings Matisse made of women seen from behind are a group of 1909 works showing a model posed against the slatted wall of his new studio. This drawing, relating to the bas-relief sculpture Back (I), shows the model supporting her weight on one leg, her right foot hidden. The bold pen-and-ink hatchings are analogous to the firm contours Matisse cut with a chisel into the plaster surface of the sculpture.

Gallery label from Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917, July 18–October 11, 2010.
Ink on paper
10 1/2 x 8 5/8" (26.6 x 21.9 cm)
Carol Buttenweiser Loeb Memorial Fund
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© 2021 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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