I depend entirely on my model. – Henri Matisse, 1939
Matisse and the Model, curated by Ann Dumas, was an in-depth survey of Henri Matisse’s unwavering commitment to the subject of the human figure throughout his career. The 46 works exhibited presented the primary models Matisse worked with from 1900 until his death in 1954
This scholarly catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition, with a lead essay by Ann Dumas that chronicles Matisse’s principal models and sheds new light on the artist’s working process and the pivotal role his models played in the development of his art.
In addition, an essay in the catalogue by Matisse - biographer Hilary Spurling presents new research on several of Matisse’s Italian models, whose identities and backgrounds have previously been uncertain.