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

The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden

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.
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
6' 2 1/4" x 47 5/8" x 6" (188.5 x 121 x 15.2 cm)
Credit
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
240.1956
Copyright
© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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