Henri Matisse Nude Study in Blue c.1899–1900

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Henri Matisse 1869–1954
Nude Study in Blue
Académie bleue
Date c.1899–1900
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 730 x 543 mm
frame: 950 x 760 x 110 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933
On loan to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, USA)

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Matisse has not disguised the fact that this figure is a model posing in a teaching studio, probably the Académie Carrière in Paris. His principal concern lay with the structure and proportion of the body, and the model’s sinuous pose anticipates the more stylised arabesque figures of his later paintings. Her surroundings are sketched in with broad brushstrokes, becoming abstract planes of colour.

January 2009

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