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Henri Matisse

The Kunsthaus presents Matisse above all as a sculptor: viewing his smaller sculptures alongside the four large reliefs Nu de dos I–IV enables the visitor to trace the natural process whereby organic corporeality increasingly evolves into a large independent physical presence. In the paintings this enhancement of purely artistic means is manifested in an emphasis on the two-dimensionality, colour and ornamental quality of the lines. Out of this creative interplay arises this “harmony parallel to nature” with which modern artists sought to displace mere imitation of nature. Whilst this ability is fully developed in the picture of his daughter Margot, the important earlier still life Buffet et table of 1899 shows this talent unfolding.

Henri Matisse (1869–1954)
Margot, 1907
Oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm
Acquired 1925
© ProLitteris
Henri Matisse (1869–1954)
Margot, 1907
Oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm
Acquired 1925
© ProLitteris