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Model in Repose (Le Repos du modèle)

This print, which is related to a study for the painting Nude with a Green Shawl (ca. 1920), was the work that revived Matisse’s interest in lithography. Rather than drawing on transfer paper, he worked directly on the stone. The soft, lithographic crayon beautifully captures the volumes, textures, and patterns of the model’s body, curtain, and fabric of the chaise and cushion. Matisse was interested in allowing his models to find poses that were natural, rather than artificially positioned. He said, “When I take a new model, I intuit the pose that will best suit her from her unselfconscious attitudes of repose, and then I become the slave of that pose.”

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes several other important lithographs from the 1920s by Matisse: Nude with Blue Cushion beside a Fireplace (Eskenazi Museum of Art 75.80) and Untitled (Dancer Seated on a Stool) (Eskenazi Museum of Art 72.55).

Henri Matisse
French, 1869–1954
Model in Repose (Le Repos du modèle)
1922
Lithograph on paper
Image: 8 3/4 x 12 in. (22.2 x 30.4 cm); sheet: 12 7/8 x 17 3/8 in. (32.7 x 44.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, 72.108.4

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