Matisse and the Model: The sensuous line

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“We are moving towards serenity by simplifying ideas and figures. The whole is to be our only ideal... This entails learning and perhaps relearning the handling of lines, which constitutes a sort of writing.� Henri Matisse


Portrait of Emma 1916 Pencil on paper 17 1/4 x 11 1/8 inches (43.8 x 28.3 cm) Stamped ‘H Matisse’ lower right


Nu allongée (Odalisque) 1920 Pencil on paper 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches (24.5 x 32 cm) Signed ‘Henri Matisse’ lower right


Femme assise à la guitare 1921-23 Charcoal on paper 18 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches (47 x 31 cm) Signed ‘Henri Matisse’ lower left


Scène d’intérieur, la lecture 1923 Charcoal and estompe on paper 18 3/4 x 24 5/8 inches (47.6 x 62.5 cm) Signed ‘Henri Matisse’ lower left


Odalisque étendue 1928 Ink on paper 10 x 13 1/8 inches (25.5 x 33.5 cm) Signed ‘Henri Matisse’ lower right


Nu c. 1930 Pencil on paper 10 x 13 1/4 inches (25.4 x 33.4 cm) Signed ‘Henri Matisse’ lower right


Nu assis 1930 Pencil on paper 10 x 13 inches (25.5 x 33 cm) Signed and dated ‘Henri Matisse 30’ lower right


La femme en costume persan 1931 Pencil and ink on paper 11 x 15 inches (28.3 x 38 cm) Signed and dated ‘Henri Matisse 31’ lower right


Portrait of Mrs. William Paley 1936 Pen and India Ink on paper 15 x 10 3/4 inches 38.1 x 27.3 cm Stamped ‘HM’ lower right


Femme au chapeau December 1936 Pen and indian ink on paper 14 3/4 x 11 inches (38.1 x 27.9 cm) Initialed ‘HM’ lower right


Deux femmes assises June 1938 Charcoal and estompe on paper 24 x 16 inches (60 x 40 cm) Dated ‘12.VI.38’ lower left and signed lower right


Femme aux mains croisées 1940 Pencil and ink on paper 21 x 15 3/4 inches (53 x 40 cm) Initialed ‘HM’ lower right


Nu 1941 Indian ink on paper 8 x 10 1/4 inches (20.2 x 26.5 cm) Signed and dated ‘Henri Matisse juillet 41’ lower right


Femme allongée December 1941 Black conté crayon on paper 11 x 20 3/4 inches (27.9 x 52.7 cm) Signed and dated ‘Henri Matisse 12/41’ lower right


Femme assise (Michaela) 1943 Charcoal and estompe on paper 19 x 15 inches (48.3 x 38.1 cm) Signed and dated ‘H. Matisse mai 43’ lower left


Deux femmes nues 1944 Pencil on paper 15 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches (40 x 52.7 cm)


Portrait de Lucienne Bernard May 1946 Charcoal on paper 20 1/2 x 15 7/8 inches (52.5 x 40.5 cm) Signed and dated ‘H. Matisse mai 46’ lower right


Patitcha, etude de nu December 1946 Charcoal on paper 19 x 12 inches (48 x 31 cm) Titled, dated and inscribed ‘Patitcha- 2324-28 X 46 et 5 Janv. 47 HM.’ lower left


Vierge à l’enfant (Sketch for Vence Chapel) 1949 Pen and ink on paper 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (26.7 x 21 cm) Initialed ‘HM’ lower right


Nu debout 1950 Charcoal and pencil, heightened with white and grey gouache on buff paper 19 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches (50 x 32.5 cm) Signed and dated ‘H Matisse 50’ lower right


Visage Feminin 1951 Charcoal on paper 20 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches (51.5 x 36 cm) Signed and dated ‘H Matisse 51’ lower right


Le portrait de Janie Busy March 1952 Black chalk on paper, laid down on board 18 x 11 1/4 inches (45.7 x 28.6 cm) Signed, dated and dedicated ‘A Jenny Bussy/respecteusement/affectueux/H. Matisse mars 52’ lower right, numbered ‘3’ upper left.


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