Henri Matisse - Lorette Reclining Wrapped in a Shawl 1916

Henri Matisse - Lorette Reclining Wrapped in a Shawl 1916
Lorette Reclining Wrapped in a Shawl
1916 67x129cn oil/canvas
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

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From Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena:
Matisse hired an Italian model known as Lorette or Laurette to pose for him in late 1916. Over the course of the next year, he painted her almost fifty times: standing, sitting, lying down; clothed, nude, or—as here—somewhere in between. Wrapped in a black lace mantilla, the model’s body is at once revealed and concealed. Her direct but sightless gaze lends the encounter a peculiar erotic charge. The painter’s obsession with Lorette coincided with a transformation in his style, a shift from the abstract approach of his youth to the more concrete and harmonious manner of his maturity. Like many paintings of its model, The Black Shawl perches uneasily between the avant-garde provocations of early Matisse and the sensuous forms of late.