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Seated Female Nude with Arms Overhead (Nu assis, bras sur la tête)

An accomplished sculptor, Henri Matisse used the medium to explore complex figural poses. This small bronze, with its roughly modeled, Impressionistic surface, reflects the influence of sculptors such as Rodin, whose work Matisse studied in the late 1890s. Matisse most actively pursued his sculptural interests during the following decade. The female nude was one of Matisse’s favorite subjects, linking him to the classical traditions of Western art.

Henri Matisse
French, 1869‒1954
Seated Female Nude with Arms Overhead (Nu assis, bras sur la tête)
1904 (cast 1951)
Bronze; edition 4/10
Height: 13 ¾ in. (34.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, James S. Adams Collection, Elizabeth G. Adams Bequest, 81.31.13

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