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Nude on a Sofa, 1923

Henri Matisse

French, 1869-1954
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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This composition is divided vertically by a line running from the floor to the end of the window along the edge of the white sheet. To the left of this line is a space of calm, while to the right is a space of complex visual activity. The nude figure leaning one way is counterbalanced by the motion of the energetic arabesques of the background moving in the opposite direction. The white sheet cascades over the couch, surrounding the figure, which is relatively flat yet tactile.

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