Nude in a Wood (Nu dans la forêt; Nu assis dans le bois)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
In this painting, made near the town of Collioure in the French Mediterranean, Henri Matisse uses broad patches of vivid pigment to integrate the figure of his wife in a lush landscape. Although his techniques were new, his subject matter—the female nude in, and equated with, nature—refers directly to the pastoral landscape tradition and its imagined worlds of timeless pleasure and harmony.
This painting was included in the 1913 Armory Show, a groundbreaking exhibition that introduced U.S. audiences to European modernism.
Oil on board mounted on panel
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)
Signed lower right: "Henri Matisse"
Gift of George F. Of
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.150_cropped_PS1.jpg)
detail, cropped, 52.150_cropped_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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