©Henri Matisse - Head of Lorette 1917

Henri Matisse - Head of Lorette 1917
Head of Lorette
1917 21x15cm oil/canvas
Private Collection

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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.