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Nude Seated on a Stool

Henri Matisse (AKA Henri Emile Benoît Matisse), French, (December 31, 1869–November 3, 1954)

Creation date: 1936
Creation place: France

Other Information

Type: Ink Drawing
Medium and Support: Ink
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Saidie A. May
Accession Number: 1938.14
Dimensions: 20 3/4 in. x 15 1/8 in. (52.71 cm x 38.42 cm)


Saidie Adler May, San Diego, California ( - March 20, 1938)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (March 20, 1938 - )

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A Harmony of Line: Selections from the School of Paris
AP 2011
By 1930, when he moved from Paris to the South of France, Matisse’s reputation was firmly established—alongside Picasso—as one the founding figures of Modern art. Though he continued to paint interiors and still lifes, Matisse’s practice in the 1930s focused increasingly on the graphic arts, with a particular preference for the female nude. The spare calligraphic quality of his prints and drawings also informed Matisse’s painted style in this period, with an absolute emphasis on the silhouette. In contrast to the unbroken, seemingly effortless contours of Picasso’s line drawings, Matisse’s less steady hand conveys the vibrancy of the figure studied from life.
Last Updated: 2/8/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Henri Matisse: An Exhibition of Selected Drawings in Homage to Frank Perls , 11/5/1975 - 12/10/1975

Draftsmanship , 11/7/1982 - 12/10/1982


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Malcolm Warner. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 222, 247, Figure Number: 247

Mr. Reginald Poland. A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 12

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 105


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