The Blue Nude (Souvenir of Biskra)

Artist: Henri Matisse
Style: Fauvism
Genre: nude painting (nu)
Date: 1907
Copyright: Public domain US

Matisse was working on a sculpture, Reclining Nude I, when he accidentally damaged the piece. Before repairing it, he painted it in blue against a background of palm fronds. The nude is hard and angular, both a tribute to Cézanne and to the sculpture Matisse saw in Algeria. She is also a deliberate response to nudes seen in the Paris Salon - ugly and hard rather than soft and pretty. This was the last Matisse painting bought by Leo and Gertrude Stein.