Henri Matisse Untitled (Female Nude) 1907

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This painted ceramic plate was made during a fruitful period of collaboration between Matisse and the ceramist André Metthey (1871–1920). Metthey, who worked in Asnières, a town just northwest of Paris, dedicated himself to reviving the lost art of hand-painted ceramics. He invited many artists to decorate his earthenware, which were made from local clays and glazed to provide a stable surface for painting. Matisse produced some forty ceramic pieces with Metthey in 1907–08. He chose to keep most of these for himself, and they were long-known chiefly through their frequent depiction in his paintings.

Gallery label from Matisse: The Red Studio, May 1–September 10, 2022
Ceramic plate, tin-glazed earthenware
9 3/4" (24.8 cm) in diameter
Object number
© 2023 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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1907-1954 With the artist
1954-1976 Jean Matisse, Pointoise
1976-1979 Marie Matisse, France
1979-2001 Private Collection
2001 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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