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Large Seated Nude
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Large Seated Nude

Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954

Made in Nice, France, Europe



31 x 33 x 14 inches (78.7 x 83.8 x 35.6 cm) Weight: 138 lb. (62.6 kg)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 267, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

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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.


Acquired from the artist by Curt Valentin, New York, 1948; sold to R. Sturgis Ingersoll (1891-1973), Philadelphia, August 13, 1948 [1]; 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.

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