Large Seated Nude
Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954
31 x 33 x 14 inches (78.7 x 83.8 x 35.6 cm)Copyright:
© Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (RS), New YorkCuratorial Department:
Modern and Contemporary ArtObject Location:
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Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1960
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Henri 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.
With Curt Valentin, New York, acquired from the artist, 1948; sold to R. Sturgis Ingersoll (1891-1973), Philadelphia, August 13, 1948 ; gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll to PMA, 1960.
1. See letter from Ingersoll to Anne d'Harnoncourt, September 3, 1968 (PMA archives, copy in curatorial file), stating that this cast was in Henri Matisse's drawing room, from whom Valentin purchased it for Ingersoll when it became available.