Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)
81.3 x 59 cm (32 x 23 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)
Matisse represented the female nude many times, both in painting and in sculpture. In this striking early work, the rounded forms of Carmelina’s body, strongly modeled in light and dark, stand out almost in relief against the pattern of rectangular shapes behind her. The subject of the nude, usually relaxed and seductive, here becomes a confrontation between the boldly posed model and the artist, who is visible in the mirror at the back of the studio.
Lower left: Henri Matisse
By 1912, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris [see note 1]. 1931, Baron Shigetaro Fukushima (b. 1895 - d. 1960), Paris; 1931, sold by Fukushima, through the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, to the MFA for $10,050 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: February 4, 1932) NOTES:  Bernheim-Jeune et Cie. lent the painting to the "Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition" (Grafton Galleries, London, October 5 - December 31, 1912), cat. no. 9.  MFA accession numbers RES.32.2-RES.32.18 were purchased together for $10,050.
Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.