Matisse, Blue Nude: Memory of Biskra
© Succession H Matisse/DACS 2010
Blue Nude: Memory of Biskra (1907)
Matisse's radical approach continued to attract controversy. With this, the first of many blue nudes that the artist created, he depicted an exaggerated and twisted figure.
At the time, the painting was described as hideous. It certainly informed the work of Matisse's friend and contemporary Pablo Picasso, who completed his own nightmarish vision of the female form in Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907).