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Persane (The Persian)

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Henri Matisse, Persane (The Persian), 1929, lithograph on paper, Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund, © artist or other rights holder, 40.12

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Title

Persane (The Persian)

Artist

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)

Date

1929

Medium

lithograph on paper

Edition

46/50

Catalogue Raisonné

Duthuit-Matisse 507

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 17 5/8 in x 11 3/8 in; sheet: 24 13/16 in x 17 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature; numbered: 46/50 / Henri - Matisse, graphite, bottom right

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

planographic print

Culture

French

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund

Accession Number

40.12

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

lithography

odalisques

paper

planographic printing

planographic prints

Description

In the 1920's, Matisse painted a series of odalisques, beautiful women in Arabian costume. Of these, he said: "My models are the principal theme in my work. The emotional interest aroused in me by them does not necessarily appear in the representation of their bodies. Often it is rather in the lines through qualities distributed over the whole canvas or paper. But everyone sees this."

The Persian is unusual in that it is very nearly a portrait. As a rule, Mattise's odalisques of this period have iconlike faces, are half or completely nude, and are arranged in provocative poses against swirling arabesques. Here the model's face is carefully rendered, her pose demure, and the background a simple grid. She is fully, though sensuously, clothed. Her gaze is direct, and her presence is shimmering and intimate.

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