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Nude in a Wood (Nu dans la forêt; Nu assis dans le bois)

Henri Matisse

European Art

On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
With expressive touches of bright pigment, Henri Matisse integrates a female figure—his wife—in a landscape. The artist’s vivid color palette and radical technique, in which areas of unpainted canvas form part of the image, blur the distinctions between portraiture, landscape, and abstraction. However, his subject matter—the coexistence of humankind and nature—harks back to traditional pastoral landscapes and their evocation of timeless harmony.

This painting was the first work by Matisse purchased by a collector in the United States and was included in the 1913 Armory Show, a groundbreaking exhibition that introduced U.S. audiences to European modernism.
MEDIUM Oil on board mounted on panel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1906
    DIMENSIONS 16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm) Frame: 24 13/16 x 21 9/16 x 1 7/8 in. (63 x 54.8 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Henri Matisse"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in European Art Galleries, 5th floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of George F. Of
    RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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    CAPTION Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Nude in a Wood (Nu dans la forêt; Nu assis dans le bois), 1906. Oil on board mounted on panel, 16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George F. Of, 52.150. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.150_cropped_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE detail, cropped, 52.150_cropped_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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