Seated Nude Woman, With Tulle Blouse
Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
The nude woman with the veiled gaze in this print is recognisable as Henriette Darricarrère, Matisse’s favourite model of the 1920s. Darricarrère, a dancer who had worked as a film extra, was adept at assuming complex poses, and Matisse admired the way her athletic body caught the light. She was an aspiring artist and Matisse considered her an equal partner in the creative process. The skilful handling of pattern and tone suggests a richly coloured interior around the sculptural nude.