Henriette III

* Nearly 20,000 images of artworks the museum believes to be in the public domain are available to download on this site. Other images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. By using any of these images you agree to LACMA's Terms of Use.

Henriette III

France, 1929, cast 1954
Sculpture
Bronze, cast number 2/10
16 x 10 x 8 in. (40.64 x 25.4 x 20.32 cm)
Partial, fractional and promised gift of Janice and Henri Lazarof (M.2005.70.80)
Currently on public view:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

Since gallery displays may change often, please contact us before you visit to make certain this item is on view.

Label

Henri Matisse’s Henriette III is based on the previous sculpture in his Henriette series (1925–29) rather than the live presence of the model Henriette Darricarrère (who is also one of the sitt...
Henri Matisse’s Henriette III is based on the previous sculpture in his Henriette series (1925–29) rather than the live presence of the model Henriette Darricarrère (who is also one of the sitters in Tea, on view in the next gallery). The most abstract work in the group, Henriette III rewards careful observation: approached from the front, the pinched cheeks, roughly-hewn features, and cap-like hair make the head appear somewhat awkward. But as the view shifts to the sitter’s profile, the corner of the mouth, the eye, and the nose all lift in an elegant sweep of youthful glamour. As the view shifts again to the other side, the brow lowers, the cheek is jowly, and the mouth is set—aging the face in the blink of an eye. These fleeting references to time and mortality contrast with the solid materiality of the sculpture, which is emphasized by its base and texture.

Exhibition wall label, 2021.
More...

Bibliography

  • Envisioning modernism: The Janice and Henri Lazarof Collection. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Munich; New York: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2012.