HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954)

HENRI MATISSE "I have always considered drawing not as an exercise of particular dexterity… but
as a means deliberately simplified so as to give simplicity and spontaneity to the
expression, which should speak without clumsiness, directly to the mind of the

"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of

"If I trust my drawing hand it is because in training it to serve me, I forced myself
never to let it take precedence over my feelings."
- Henri Matisse

Matisse considered his drawings to be a very intimate means of expression. The
method of artistic execution, whether it was charcoal, pencil, crayon, etcher’s
burin, lithographic tusche or paper cut, varied according to the subject and
personal circumstance. His favorite subjects were the female form, evocative and
erotic, the nude figure of the beautiful head of a favorite model. Miracles of pure
line, seemingly spontaneous and free, admitting of no correction and devoid of
shading or hatching, his drawings

Nu Accoudé
oil on canvas
19 x 15 3/4 in.
Le Repos du Modele
original lithograph on japon paper
10 7/8 x 14 1/2 in.
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