HENRI MATISSE, Odalisque Couchée  1929

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Odalisque Couchée, 1929, Pen and ink on wove paper. Gift from the Junior Women's Committee Fund, 1960, 60/6 © Succession H. Matisse/SODART 2006

Matisse: A Figurative Femininity

July 12 to October 1, 2006


A major 20th century French artist, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) is usually celebrated for the vibrant colours of his oil paintings. He also was a passionate and brilliant draughtsman and printmaker. This selection of prints and drawings reveals his technical virtuosity in black and white and his preoccupation with the female form. As the artist commented in 1908, "What interests me most is neither still life nor landscape but the human figure".


Henri Matisse, 1869-1954

Odalisque Couchée
Pen and ink on wove paper
Gift from the Junior Women's Committee Fund, 1960; 60/6


L’Odalisque au Samovar
Lithograph on wove paper
Purchase, 1937; 2428


Head of a Woman
black chalk on laid paper
Gift of Mrs. Nora E. Vaughan, 1987; 87/341


Odalisque a la coupe de fruits
Lithograph on Japanese laid paper
Formerly in the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Murchison Tovell and purchased from their son Dr. H.M.M. Tovell of New York with the assistance of the Government of Canada through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, 1987; 88/88






Reclining Nude
Lithograph on wove paper
Presented to the Art Gallery of Toronto by the Contemporary Art Society, The Tate Gallery, 1950; 50/63


Jeune femme contemplant un bocal de poissons rouges (Young Woman Contemplating a Bowl of Red Fish)
Etching on chine collé on wove paper
Gift of the Marvin Gelber Foundation, 1994; 93/284

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