L'œuvre Auguste Pellerin II - Centre Pompidou

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Auguste Pellerin II

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Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)

Auguste Pellerin II

mai 1917

Huile sur toile

150,2 x 96,2 cm

Inscriptions :S.D.B.G. : Henri Matisse mai 1917

Peint à Paris

Dation, 1982

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1982-97

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

In 1916, Auguste Pellerin, a wealthy industrialist and keen collector of Cézanne and Manet – as witnessed here by the painting behind him – asked Matisse to paint his portrait. The very marked monumentality and verticality of the painter’s second version emphasize the severity of the subject’s character, conferring great authority. The tight framing strips away all context and anecdote to concentrate on the person, represented in almost abstract fashion, the schematization of the face almost suggesting a mask, the symmetry of the forms and the ubiquity of black uniting figure and ground.

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