Henri Matisse Standing Nude 1907

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Artwork details

Artist
Henri Matisse 1869–1954
Title
Standing Nude
Nu debout
Date 1907
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 921 x 648 mm
frame: 1130 x 865 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Reference
T00368
Not on display

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The simplified, angular planes and exaggerated features of this nude suggest the influence of carved figures. Matisse's interest in African art began around 1906, and is probably reflected in this painting. Based on a photograph rather than a model, it subverts the tradition of the academic studio nude. The austere colours are a departure from the brightness of Matisse's earlier Fauvist period.

September 2004

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