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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 radicality 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 touches of paint, to the primacy of line and flat color.
- Artist: Henri Matisse, French, 1869-1954
- 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 Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 52.150
- Credit Line: Gift of George F. Of
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)