Henri Matisse - Pink Nude


Most of his major works of 1935 and 1936 are nudes. In 1936 Lydia Delektorskaya, who also helped with paper cutouts, was the model for Pink Nude, a painting which for all its modesty of scale achieves a sense of the monumental. The woman's arms and legs are bent but still they are trimmed by the edge of the canvas. As in the Merion 'Dance', the viewer's imagination is urged beyond the spatial limits. The painter has come up to his model as if for a close-up, and the background is a mere setting, with no perspectival depths.

50.5cm - 40.5cm