Henri Matisse Reclining Nude II 1927

Artwork details

Artist
Henri Matisse 1869–1954
Title
Reclining Nude II
Nu couché, 2me etat
Date 1927
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 283 x 495 x 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Reference
N06146
Not on display

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This small sculpture is part of a series in which the female nude is treated with increasing abstraction. The reclining figure takes up the languid pose of the odalisque, a traditional view of the female nude, which Matisse regularly used in his paintings and drawings. A balance is struck between the sensual, relaxed curves and the robust form of the supporting arm and shoulder.

November 2011

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