Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra) by Henri Matisse

Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra)
Oil on canvas
The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cone Collection, USA

Working on the sculpture, “Reclining Nude I,” Matisse accidentally damaged the piece. Before repairing it, he painted it blue against a palm fronds background. Hard and angular, the nude is a tribute to both Cézanne and a sculpture Matisse saw in Algeria. She is also an intentional response to the soft and pretty nudes seen in the Paris Salon.

Henri Matisse 1869-1954

Henri Matisse
Fauvism, Neo-Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Primitivism in Art
Born: 31 December 1869, Le Chateau-Cambrésis, France
Nationality: French
Died: 3 November 1954, Nice, France

Matisse is regarded as the greatest colourist of the 20th century and rivalled Picasso in the importance of his innovations. As a Post-Impressionist and leader of the Fauvism movement, he sought to use colour as the foundation for expressive, decorative, and monumental paintings. Throughout his career, still-life and the nude were his favoured subjects with North Africa as an important inspiration