Catalogue entry

Henri Matisse 1869-1954

T00114 Nu de Dos II (Back II) c.1913-14

Inscribed 'Henri Matisse' b.l. and 'HM 4/10' b.r.
Bronze relief, 74 1/2 x 47 3/4 x 7 1/4 (189 x 121 x 18.5)
Purchased from the artist's family (Grant-in-Aid) with the assistance of the Matisse Appeal Fund 1956
Prov: As for 'Back I' (T00081)
Exh: Matisse 1869-1954, Hayward Gallery, London, July-September 1968 (540, repr.)
Lit: Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: his Art and his Public (New York 1951), pp.142, 218, 539, and Additions and Corrections; Albert Elsen, 'The Sculpture of Matisse, Part IV: The Backs and Monumental Decorative Sculpture' in Artforum, VII, December 1968, p.29, repr. p.28; Jack D. Flam, 'Matisse's Backs and the Development of his Painting' in Art Journal, XXX, Summer 1971, pp.354-5, 361, repr. p.354; Albert E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse (New York 1972), pp.182, 185, repr. pls. 248, 254

This relief was forgotten for many years, until the plaster came to light in a Nice warehouse in 1955, a few months after Matisse's death. On style it is clearly the second of the surviving works of this series, and was probably executed about 1913-14 because of its affinities with paintings such as 'Woman on a High Stool' made in the winter of 1913-14 and the portrait of Mlle Yvonne Landsberg painted early in 1914.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.495, reproduced p.495