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Nu au coussin bleu (Nude with blue cushion)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1926,0313.186

  • Title (object)

    • Nu au coussin bleu (Nude with blue cushion)
  • Description

    Woman seated, whole-length, leaning back with arms above head. 1924 Lithograph

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1924
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 620 millimetres
    • Width: 480 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and numbered 24/50
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Stephen Coppel, 'Picasso and Printmaking in Paris', (exh.cat.), South Bank Centre, 1998, no.48.
    The model was Henriette Darricarrère, a local girl from Nice, who had a flair for play-acting Matisse's fantasy of the odalisque. Matisse, who employed her from 1920 to 1927, later wrote:

    `My models, human figures, are never just "extras" in an interior. They are the principal theme of my work. I depend absolutely on my model, whom I observe at liberty, and then I decide on the pose which best suits 'her nature' ... then I become a slave of that pose' (Matisse, `Notes of a Painter on his Drawing, (1939) in Flam 1995, p. 131).

    Fascinated by this pose of the model seated with arms raised above her head and one leg raised, Matisse also used it in a closely related painting of the same title, also executed in 1924, and in another lithograph of the same composition made a year later, where the armchair is draped with a floral pattern. It also appeared in a bronze sculpture 'Grand nu assis' (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis), made in 1925.

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  • Bibliography

    • Duthuit 1983 442 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (French XXc Mounted Atlas)

  • Exhibition history

    1997 May-Sep, BM, Printmaking in Paris, no.71 1998 July-Sep, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, (Sth Bank Tour), Picasso, no.48 1999 Jan-Mar, Newcastle, Hatton AG, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris 1999 Mar-May, Warrington MAG, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris 1999 May-July, Bristol, Arnolfini, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris 1999 July-Sep, Nottingham Castle MAG, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris
    2015-2016 4 Dec-27 Mar, Korea, Seoul Arts Centre, Human Image

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1926

  • Acquisition notes

    According to the CAS card, this was purchased from Bernheim Jeune on 26 June 1925 for £4.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1926,0313.186

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