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Nude in profile on a chaise longue (The Large Woodcut)

Woodblock
1906 (cut)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This woodblock is made up of two joined planks of pearwood. Matisse (1869-1954) cut away the wood to make the design with knives, chisels and gouges to leave the stark lines, dashes and dots that form the printed image. Although an impression printed from this block was identified as a 'woodcut' in an exhibition catalogue of 1907, for many years after the print was thought to be a linocut, and described as such in many publications about Matisse. It was only when the woodblock was found in the 1960s was it universally accepted that the print was in fact a woodcut.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleNu de profil sur une chaise longue (Le Grand Blois) (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Incised fruit-wood
Brief Description
'Nude in profile on a chaise longue (The Large Woodcut)', woodblock (for E.276-1994), Henri Matisse, 1906
Physical Description
Cut woodblock depicting seated female nude in profile. Block formed from two thick joined planks.
Dimensions
  • Height: 39.8cm
  • Width: 28.6cm
Credit line
Bought with the assistance of the Lumley Cazalet Gallery, whose gift was made in memory of Frank Perls
Object history
Although a print from this block is described as a 'gravure sur bois' in the catalogue of the Salon des Independants of 1907, it was thought to be a lino-cut for many years and is described as such in much of the literature. Only on the re-discovery of the wood-block in the 1960s was the print re-instated as a woodcut. An edition of 50 impressions was printed from the block, one exists in MOMA and another in the BM.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This woodblock is made up of two joined planks of pearwood. Matisse (1869-1954) cut away the wood to make the design with knives, chisels and gouges to leave the stark lines, dashes and dots that form the printed image. Although an impression printed from this block was identified as a 'woodcut' in an exhibition catalogue of 1907, for many years after the print was thought to be a linocut, and described as such in many publications about Matisse. It was only when the woodblock was found in the 1960s was it universally accepted that the print was in fact a woodcut.
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001
  • Allegra Presenti, Gouge: The Modern Woodcut from 1870 to Now Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2008.
  • p. 76Matisse and engraving : the other instrument Milano : Silvana, 2015. 9788836632459
  • Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Collection
Accession Number
E.609-1975

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record createdDecember 6, 2002
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