Comparison of Back (III) to Back (IV)

Back (III)

Back (IV)

It would be almost fifteen years before Matisse returned to his Back sculpture, starting from a plaster cast of Back (III). The artist removed anatomical details to form a monolith of three vertical masses, smoothing out and extended both sides of the relief to produce greater harmony with the ground. Back (IV) is a starkly refined, highly architectural monolith in which he effaced the struggles of its earlier states.

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