Signed and dated bottom left, in stone, H.MATISSE, (19)50; Numbered bottom left, in pencil, 121/ 200; Copyright Succesion Henri Matisse.
The nude is a recurrent subject matter in Matisse's art.
This particular print was created after the paper cut-out titled "Zulma" and is charactertistic of the work that Matisse produced in the last decade of his life. The process of creating a cut-out involved cutting shapes from pieces of paper that had been painted using gouache. Thus Matisse united the two elements that defined his oeuvre: colour and line. Unsurprisingly, he often described this technique as “cutting directly into color” and “drawing with scissors.”