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Blue Nude II

Henri Matisse

Blue Nude II

Henri Matisse
  • Date: 1952
  • Style: Abstract Expressionism
  • Genre: nude painting (nu)
  • Dimensions: 115.5 x 76.3 cm

Matisse completed a series of four blue nudes in 1952, each in his favorite pose of entwined legs and raised arm. Matisse had been making cut-outs for eleven years, but had not yet seriously attempted to portray the human figure. In preparation for these works, Matisse filled a notebook with studies. He then created a figure that is abstracted and simplified, a symbol for the nude, before incorporating the nude into his large-scale murals.

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