Henri Matisse Jeannette (II) Issy-les-Moulineaux, January - March (?) 1910

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 506 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

In the process of creating five busts of Jeanne Vaderin between 1910 and 1916, Matisse radically reconfigured traditional representation of the human face. Jeannette I and II were created directly from the model, which is evident in their characteristic, hawklike profiles. These two works then served as templates for Jeannette III, IV, and V. As he progressed with the series, Matisse dramatically abstracted his subject, organizing the head into increasingly simplified chunks. In 1908 he explained that his goal in portraiture was not to achieve visual precision but rather to reveal the "essential qualities" of his sitters—qualities, he felt, that physical imitation could not capture.

Gallery label from 2010.
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
10 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 9 5/8" (26.2 x 21 x 24.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of Sidney Janis
Object number
383.1955
Copyright
© 2021 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Pierre Loeb, Paris
Sidney Janis, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Sidney Janis, 1955

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