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The Black Shawl (Lorette VII), 1918

Henri Matisse

French, 1869-1954
Oil on canvas
26-1/2 x 50-3/4 in. (67.3 x 128.9 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
© 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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While living in Nice from 1917 to 1930, Matisse worked endlessly on the fusion of color, space and light. The volume of pictorial space in this painting is firmly delineated by the undecorated yellow walls and the long, reclining body of Lorette, his Italian model. The thick black lines of her hair, body and clothing place her solidly on the bed. Gravity is relieved only by the light floral patterns of the bedspread.

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