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Metropolitan Museum: Matisse, An Experiment in Deformation

In con­junc­tion with the exhi­bi­tion Matis­se: In Sear­ch of True Pain­ting —on view Decem­ber 4, 2012, throu­gh Mar­ch 17, 2013—Curator Rebec­ca Rabi­now discus­ses Hen­ri Matisse’s pro­cess of pain­ting Young Sai­lor I and Young Sai­lor II (see also).

Matis­se arri­ved in Paris in autumn 1906 with two pic­tu­res that he had recen­tly pain­ted in the sou­th of Fran­ce. Young Sai­lor I has all the hall­marks of his Fau­ve sty­le, whi­le Young Sai­lor II fea­tu­res extre­me sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of form. Not enti­re­ly sure of his new direc­tion, Matis­se told friends that the second ver­sion had been crea­ted by the local post­man.

Matis­se arri­ved in Paris in autumn 1906 with two pic­tu­res that he had recen­tly pain­ted in the sou­th of Fran­ce. Young Sai­lor I has all the hall­marks of his Fau­ve sty­le, whi­le Young Sai­lor II fea­tu­res extre­me sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of form. Not enti­re­ly sure of his new direc­tion, Matis­se told friends that the second ver­sion had been crea­ted by the local post­man.

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Images in order of appearance:

  • Hen­ri Matis­se (Fren­ch, 1869–1954). Young Sai­lor I, 1906. Oil on can­vas; 39 1/4 x 32 in. (99.7 x 81.3 cm). Col­lec­tion of Shel­don H. Solow
  • Hen­ri Matis­se (Fren­ch, 1869–1954). Stu­dy for “Young Sai­lor,” 1906. Gra­phi­te on paper; 8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (21 x 18.4 cm). The Metro­po­li­tan Museum of Art, New York, Jac­ques and Nata­sha Gel­man Col­lec­tion, 1998 (1999.363.40)
  • Hen­ri Matis­se (Fren­ch, 1869–1954). Young Sai­lor II, 1906. Oil on can­vas; 39 7/8 x 32 5/8 in. (101.3 x 82.9 cm). The Metro­po­li­tan Museum of Art, New York, Jac­ques and Nata­sha Gel­man Col­lec­tion, 1998 (1999.363.41)

© 2012 Suc­ces­sion H. Matis­se / Artists Rights Socie­ty (ARS), New York, for all works of the arti­st

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