Dancer Resting

The woman resting at the center of this work is formed by the cascading lines of her drapery that are almost lost in the overwhelming interior. Matisse has left her legs, arguably the most powerful part of any dancer’s body, exposed for study. Matisse’s gestural brushwork is left on display through the thin layers of paint and gives the work a writhing energy despite the cool color palette. Matisse continues to celebrate the female form on the canvas in the back of the room. These female figures have been simply described in swift black lines. This abstraction will become a hallmark of Matisse’s later works.

Original Medium: oil on canvas

Original Size: 32 x 25 1/2 in.


Location: Toledo Museum of Art