Nude in a Wood (Nu dans la forêt; Nu assis dans le bois)
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.
Oil on board mounted on panel
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)
Signed lower right: "Henri Matisse"
Gift of George F. Of
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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)
detail, cropped, 52.150_cropped_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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