Henri Matisse - Visages

5 October 2016

The ‘Visages’ images were studies of Matisse’s model Annalies Nelck. Matisse painted her in 1944, giving the oil to be sold for a war orphan’s charity. Preparing for the painting he made numerous drawings. In 1946 these drawings inspired him to make a series of line-drawn lithographs linked to poetry by his friend Pierre Reverdy. This was the first of Matisse’s hugely famous series of female heads drawn during the late 1940’s.