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Henriette III, (Large Head) 1929

Henri Matisse, 1869-1954

Bronze; h 40 cm

During the 1960s, Henriette Darricarrere modelled constantly for Matisse. Her likeness can be easily found in many of his paintings and sculptures of that period. Matisse executed three versions of this portrait of Henriette. This third version was created from memory and with reference to the second version, which he here reworked: he accentuated the lines around the nose, lips and eyes, thus rendering the form more energetic and expressive. The sculptor succeeded in conveying a sense of the density and weight of the material.


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