Nono Lebasque

Henri Matisse French

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Hélène "Nono" Lebasque was the youngest daughter of Matisse's friend and fellow artist, Henri Lebasque (1865–1937). Nono was about eight years old when Matisse painted this portrait of her. The strong outlines, flat monochromatic background, and inclusion of the sitter's name at the top of the canvas (here, somewhat camouflaged by the dark vertical stripe at right) is typical of the portraits Matisse painted of his own children and their friends at this time. A related pen-and-ink portrait of Nono, also dated 1908, is in The Met's collection (2002.456.37a, b).

Nono Lebasque, Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice), Oil on canvas

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