Comparison of Back (II) to Back (III)

Back (II)

Back (III)

Matisse simplified the form further, working toward a more flattened and vertical structure that replaces the slight curves of the spine and limbs with broad, vertical forms that expand over the ground. These changes required a that he smooth and reduce the depth of the figure while adding plaster around it in order to extend its dimensions.

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