I took up sculpture because what interested me in painting was a clarification of my ideas. I changed my method, and worked in clay in order to have a rest from painting where I had done all I could for the time being. That is to say that it was done for the purposes of organization, to put order into my feelings, and find a style to suit me. When I found it in sculpture, it helped me in my painting.
The bust above is part of an important series, the five heads of Jeannette of 1910-13, wherein Matisse radically altered his originally naturalistic conception. In 1910 he worked on the first two versions directly from the model, a young woman named Jeanne Vaderin. Within three years, the remaining heads were produced as variations, intensifying the pear-shaped face, aquiline features, and bouffant hair in the third and fourth versions, and drastically simplifying the structure in the fifth.
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