The Back Series

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The Back Series
Matisse - left to right 'The Back I', 1908-09, 'The Back II', 1913, 'The Back III' 1916, 'The Back IV', c. 1931, bronze, Museum of Modern Art (New York City).jpg
Artist Henri Matisse
Year 1909 - 1930
Type Plaster / Bronze

The Back Series is a series of four bas-relief sculptures, by Henri Matisse. It's Matisse's largest and most monumental sculptures. The plaster originals are housed in the Musée Matisse in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.

They were modeled between 1909 and 1930. Back (I) appeared in the second PostImpressionist show in London, and the Armory Show in New York City.[1]

All four sculptures were unique plaster casts until 1950, when Back (I), (III), and (IV) were cast in bronze. Back (II) was rediscovered in 1955, a year after the artist’s death, then it was cast. The series have been cast in a bronze edition of twelve, included one for the artist's family. Nine complete sets are housed in nine major museums around the world:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilary Spurling. "Hilary Spurling on Matisse's monolithic Back sculptures". the Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Lot Notes of Henri Matisse, The Back (IV)". christies.com. 
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  4. ^ "Henri Matisse, Nu de dos, deuxième état". centrepompidou.fr. 
  5. ^ "Henri Matisse, Nu de dos, troisième état". centrepompidou.fr. 
  6. ^ "Henri Matisse, Nu de dos, quatrième état". centrepompidou.fr. 
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  8. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (II), Tate". tate.org.uk. 
  9. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (III), Tate". tate.org.uk. 
  10. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (IV), Tate". tate.org.uk. 
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  14. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (IV), MoMA". MoMA.org. 
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  16. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (II), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden". hirshhorn.si.edu. 
  17. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (III), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden". hirshhorn.si.edu. 
  18. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (IV), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden". hirshhorn.si.edu. 
  19. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (I), Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden". publicartinla.com. 
  20. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (II), Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden". publicartinla.com. 
  21. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (III), Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden". publicartinla.com. 
  22. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (IV), Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden". publicartinla.com. 
  23. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (I), MFAH". mfah.org. 
  24. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (II), MFAH". mfah.org. 
  25. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (III), MFAH". mfah.org. 
  26. ^ "Henri Matisse, The Back (IV), MFAH". mfah.org.