Matisse’s ‘Two Negresses’

While Henri Matisse’s sculpture ‘Les deux négresses’ (‘Two Negresses’) at first glance doesn’t look like it would belong on my blog, once you’ve seen the photo on which it is based you’ll understand why it is appropriate. First, the sculpture itself:

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Henri Matisse – Les deux négresses (1908)

Now here is the photo from which Matisse modeled his sculpture:

Photographer Unknown - Jeunes filles targui (Young Tuareg Girls)

Photographer Unknown – Jeunes filles targui (Young Tuareg Girls)

Clearly these are adolescent girls, albeit shapely ones.

Wikipedia: Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse: Life and Painting (Official Site)

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