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Henrietta III

MATISSE, Henri (1869 - 1954)

 Henrietta III

Date: 1929

Media: bronze

Size: 40.1 cm

Acquired: 1975; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2421

Although principally a painter, Matisse occasionally produced sculpture. This portrait of the model Henriette Darricarrère is the last and most abstracted in a series of three bronze heads produced between 1925 and 1929. It was cast in an edition of ten. A critic compared it with a mediaeval reliquary head: 'The object attains an autonomous status as a type of contemporary reliquary of modern art'.

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