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Reclining Nude

1923–25
Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 34.9 x 59.7 cm (13 3/4 x 23 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2004.444

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

In the 1920s Matisse lived in Nice, on the French Riviera, in an apartment filled with color and pattern-on wallpapers, rugs, and textiles. These rich backgrounds appear over and over again in his paintings of this period. But Matisse cautioned the viewer not to be confused by “the array of hangings and rugs … the sensuality of heavy, drowsy bodies … this splendid display of a siesta elevated to the maximum intensity of arabesque and color” for there is “a great tension brewing” in works such as this, a tension found in the interplay of line, color, and volume.

Provenance

With the Galerie Simon, Paris (stock no. 8443). Sacha Guitry (b. 1885 - d. 1957), Paris. Justin K. Thannhauser (b. 1892 - d. 1976), Paris and New York; by 1955, sold by Thannhauser to Arthur K. Solomon (b. 1912 - d. 2002), Cambridge, MA; 2004, gift of the Arthur K. Solomon collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

Credit Line

Arthur K. Solomon Collection

Copyright

© 2011 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.