Seated Nude, Viewed from Behind (Nu assis, vu de dos)
Matisse has distilled the female form to a few simple lines tracing the gentle curves of the body. The work is a lithograph print, a relatively new technology, developed between 1796-99. Lithography requires a large stone treated with a mixture of gum arabic and acid and then wet with water. The treatment results in the treated areas attracting the oil based paint while the untreated areas repel it. The texture of the stone accounts for the softness of the lines.
Original Medium: Crayon transfer lithograph
Original Size: 50.3 x 33.1 cm
Location: Baltimore Museum of Art