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Matisse

A Figurative Femininity

July 12 to October 1, 2006

Matisse

HENRI MATISSE
French, 1869-1954
Odalisque Couchée
1929
Pen and ink on wove paper
Gift from the Junior Women's Committee Fund, 1960
60/6
© Succession H. Matisse/SODART 2006

A major 20th century French artist, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) is usually celebrated for the vibrant colours of his oil paintings. He also was a passionate and brilliant draughtsman and printmaker. This selection of prints and drawings reveals his technical virtuosity in black and white and his preoccupation with the female form. As the artist commented in 1908, "What interests me most is neither still life nor landscape but the human figure".

 

 


 

List of works:

HENRI MATISSE
French, 1869-1954

 

Odalisque Couchée
1929
Pen and ink on wove paper
Gift from the Junior Women's Committee Fund, 1960
60/6

L’Odalisque au Samovar
1929
Lithograph on wove paper
Purchase, 1937
2428

Head of a Woman
1948
black chalk on laid paper
Gift of Mrs. Nora E. Vaughan, 1987
87/341

 

Odalisque a la coupe de fruits
1925
Lithograph on Japanese laid paper
Formerly in the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Murchison Tovell and purchased
from their son Dr. H.M.M. Tovell of New York with the assistance of the Government of
Canada through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, 1987
88/88

Jeune femme contemplant un bocal de poissons rouges
Young Woman Contemplating a Bowl of Red Fish

1929
Etching on chine collé on wove paper
Gift of the Marvin Gelber Foundation, 1994
93/284

 

 

 

Reclining Nude
Lithograph on wove paper
Presented to the Art Gallery of Toronto by the Contemporary Art Society, The Tate
Gallery, 1950
50/63

 

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