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Jeannette II
© Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2015

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Jeannette II 1910

Not on display

Matisse's sculptural method was indebted to Auguste Rodin. Like Rodin, Matisse modelled the skin with a rough texture that caught the light unevenly and gave his figures a lively, animated appearance. 'Jeanette II' is one of a series of five busts of a young woman, Jeannette Vaderin, who was convalescing near Matisse's home in 1910. The first two busts were executed in front of the model and are quite naturalistic, while the three later versions are progressively more stylized. In this work, the hair is transformed into a sculptural wave, and the nose has been pushed sideways to give the woman a quizzical look.

Glossary Open


Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


This can mean the representation of three-dimensional forms in two dimensions so that they appear solid, or it can refer to the practice of creating a three-dimensional form out of a malleable substance such as wax or clay.


Art based on the observation of objects rather than on theoretical or stylistic concerns.


To represent something in accordance with artistic convention rather than its actual appearance.

Bust, Modelling, Naturalism, Stylization


  • Acc. No. GMA 1995
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 26.50 x 22.50 x 24.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1978