Henri Matisse Reclining Nude 1924

Artwork details

Henri Matisse 1869–1954
Reclining Nude
La Couché
Date 1924
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions Support: 407 x 515 mm
frame: 677 x 789 x 43 mm
Acquisition Presented through the Friends of the Tate Gallery, Helena and Kenneth Levy Bequest 1990
Not on display

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In the 1920s Matisse made some of his most seductive images of women. He often posed the models in oriental costume and, as here, against a patterned background, suggesting exoticism and richness. The soft veils of tone achieved with the charcoal mimic the quality of the skin and make it both a carefully realistic study and a sexually charged image.

August 2004

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