Though Matisse is best known as a painter and a brilliant colorist, his sculptures show a different aspect of his work. He said that he worked in clay “to have a rest from painting,” and he used sculpture as a way to solve problems and explore ideas for his paintings. But the sculptures are fascinating, accomplished works in their own right. Explore Matisse’s sculptures and sculptural practices across his career.

Marietta Cambareri, Senior Curator of European Sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica

Above: Henri Matisse, Reclining Nude I, 1907, cast around 1912. Bronze. Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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