Modern and Contemporary Art
Large Seated Nude
Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954
Currently not on view
1960-146-1Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1960
LabelHenri Matisse’s most ambitious sculpture of the 1920s, Large Seated Nude is part of the matrix of drawings, lithographs, and paintings that the artist made of the model Henriette Darricarrère posed with raised arms and with her left foot hooked casually behind her knee. A crystallization of the artist’s successive reactions to the model’s relaxed pose, the sculpture transforms her body into a tautly structured abstract composition. Even more than in his earlier sculptures, Matisse here treats the human figure as an arrangement of discrete parts, allowing himself great liberty to consider separately the variety of possible views in three dimensions.