Nude in a Wood (Nu dans la forêt; Nu assis dans le bois)
Mixing expanses of prepared but unpainted panel with patches and arabesques of orange, pink, green, mauve, and violet pigments, Matisse thoroughly integrates a seated female figure—his wife—into a landscape whose space remains largely undefined. Despite the radicalism of the technique and palette, Matisse’s subject matter—the coexistence of humankind and nature—harks back to the long-standing tradition of the pastoral landscape and its evocation of timeless harmony. Matisse painted this work at a transitional moment in the development of his aesthetic, as he moved from pointillism, with its regularized individual touches of paint, to the primacy of line and flat color.
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"
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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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