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Standing Nude

Modeled 1906; cast c. 1910
Henri Matisse, French, 1869 - 1954. Cast by F. Costenoble

Matisse established himself as a painter, but he also studied and made sculpture throughout his career. Although his subjects were primarily nude figures in classical poses, he avoided the scale and finish of traditional monumental nude statues.


This bronze appears to reproduce Matisse’s original modeling in clay, retaining the character of the handmade despite being cast metal. It emphasizes the expressive contours of the body and is unconcerned with likeness or accuracy.

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