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Reclining Nude

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)

Object Place: France


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View





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.


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


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