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This was Matisse's first commissioned portrait and Greta Moll (1884-?) had to sit for the artist at least ten times as he reworked it extensively. She and her husband Oskar Moll were among the ten original students of the Matisse Academy, founded in 1908, and early collectors of his work. Matisse treats the patterned fabric of her clothes as an abstracted and almost purely decorative element of the portrait.

August 2004