• Portrait of a Woman

    Artist:
    Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954
    Technique:
    pen and Indian ink
    Dimensions:
    52,4x40,3 cm

Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954

Portrait of a Woman

France, 1944

This linear pen drawing, produced in 1944, is free and clear in its rhythmic organisation. Like many of Matisse's graphic sheets in the Hermitage, its has an inscription recording its presentation to Lydia Delectorskaya on 8 May 1945. The energetic single line of black ink firmly fixes the contour of the model's face, bringing out the high cheekbones and the decisive small chin. The head is sharply turned to the left and Matisse captures the shoulders in counter-movement. This allowed him to emphasize the muscled tension of the slender neck, conveyed with a single laconic stroke of the pen, not only reinforcing the dynamism of the image, but also the ornamental nature of the drawing.

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Portrait of a Woman

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Technique:

pen and Indian ink

Dimensions:

52,4x40,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1970; a gift from L.N. Delektorskaya, Paris

Inventory Number:

ОР-46048

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Copyrights: © Succession H. Matisse

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