©Henri Matisse - Laurette with Long Locks 1916

Henri Matisse - Laurette with Long Locks 1916
Laurette with Long Locks
1916 35x27cm oil/canvas
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

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From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City:
Between December 1916 and the close of 1917, Matisse painted at least twenty-five pictures of an Italian model named Laurette. She also posed with her sister and a woman named Aïcha for some fifteen additional works by the artist. Sometimes Matisse depicted Laurette wide-awake, as in a series of close-up portraits, and at other times she is shown lounging languorously on a sofa. Sometimes she wears the exotic costume or headdress of an odalisque.