Henri Matisse

Nude on a Yellow Sofa

1926
This work belongs to a series that Matisse painted between 1918 and 1928, during winters in Nice. The patterned fabrics and the screen create a lively space around his sensual model, achieving a harmonious balance between the flat, decorative elements and the three-dimensional figure. The treatment of the female form reflects Matisse’s renewed interest in sculpture. Moreover, it indicates a move away from the abstraction of earlier periods, back to a more traditional approach, typical of French art after the First World War.
Title
Nude on a Yellow Sofa
Date
1926
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
55.1 x 80.8 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1958
Accession number
6971