Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Title: Nu Pour Cleveland (Nude for Cleveland)
Quelle Soi a baume de temps
Souvenir de Mallarme
Medium: Original Etching, 1932, on chine appliqué supported on Arches, paper, signed by the artist in pencil, lower right.
Reference: Duthuit-Matisse, M. & Duthuit, C. (1983). Henri Matisse, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre grave établi avec la collaboration de Françoise Garnaud. Claude Duthuit: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 233 on pgs. 180-1.
Edition: 72/250; There were also 6 Trial proofs, and 10 artists proofs.
Size: Plate: 14 7/16 x 11 5/16 in. (36.7 x 28.7 cm); Sheet: 19 11/16 x 15 3/4 in. (50 x 40 cm)
Note: This was made as a publication for the Cleveland Print Club, issue number 12, in 1934.
Using very minimal lines and smooth strokes, Matisse has been able to portray a nude figure whose contrapposto form is translated into a seated position. The angle of her hips are in opposition to the angle of her shoulders, allowing her torso to be curved and shaped ever so slightly. Furthermore, the elongated upper body is continued beyond her shoulders with her elbows outstretched, her hands hanging down her neck. She is set in a lush scene with billowing pillows and a thick cover which envelops her lower body.
Bibliothèque Nationale, Partis
Cincinnati Art Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Yale University Art Library, Baltimore Museum of Art; Condition: Slightly weak impression, Some browning on verso and slight colouring recto. Some uneven surfaces.