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The Blue Nude (Souvenir of Biskra)

Henri Matisse

The Blue Nude (Souvenir of Biskra)

Henri Matisse
  • Date: 1907
  • Style: Fauvism
  • Genre: nude painting (nu)
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 92 x 140 cm
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Matisse was working on a sculpture, Reclining Nude I, when he accidentally damaged the piece. Before repairing it, he painted it in blue against a background of palm fronds. The nude is hard and angular, both a tribute to Cézanne and to the sculpture Matisse saw in Algeria. She is also a deliberate response to nudes seen in the Paris Salon - ugly and hard rather than soft and pretty. This was the last Matisse painting bought by Leo and Gertrude Stein.

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