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The art of rebellion

In the year 1936, legendary artist Henri Matisse executed with the utmost elegance a charcoal portrait of author Mary Hutchinson, one of the most iconic luminaries of the famed Bloomsbury Group in the UK. Portraits of named sitters by the colourist are exceptionally rare,

In the year 1936, legendary artist Henri Matisse executed with the utmost elegance a charcoal portrait of author Mary Hutchinson, one of  the most iconic luminaries of the famed Bloomsbury Group in the UK. Portraits of named sitters by the colourist are exceptionally rare, and this masterpiece is one of a mere handful featuring British subjects. The bold charcoal lines enriched with the estompe technique, Matisse evocatively delineates the character of his model - often termed a ‘civilised rebel’ by her contemporaries - as well as the atmosphere and light, using only his masterful strokes.  

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