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Frédéric Bazille

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by Michel Schulman
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Naked Reclining Woman

Huile sur toile
41 x 55 cm - 16 x 21 3/4 in.
Monogrammé en bas à droite : F. B.
Collection particulière
Dernière mise à jour : 2023-12-22 18:37:35
Référence : MSb-80


Collection particulière, France - Mme Milliner, 1930 - Mme Bertin, France - Michel Sakaian, France, 1987  - Collection particulière, Suisse.


As far as we know, never exhibited


Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné - Supplément 2, 2016, n° 1, repr. p. 4 - Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné numérique, 2022, n° 80.

In a letter of early December 1864, Bazille wrote to his mother: "We went with my old friend Villa to visit again a studio that we are to occupy on January 15; it still suits us very well, the owner has promised to have it repainted and has granted us a small garden as big as the dining room of the house, which contains a peach tree and some lilacs; it will be very pleasant for us in the Summer to paint people in the sun". It was indeed at this time that Bazille executed his paintings of nude women in a natural setting: the Naked Woman from Behind seated on a rock near a pond or small river is the first of its kind. In contrast, the Reclining Nude appears to have been painted in the studio, with the model lying on a rug. One may rightly wonder where our painting was painted. We notice that Bazille first wanted to underline the contours by outlining them with a strong line, but also the shapes by the game of light. Does he not speak in his letter of December 1864 of making " people in the sun"? In the end, it does not matter whether the subject was painted in the open air or in the studio; the essential thing is Bazille's feeling and expression of maturity. He would later return to female themes, notably in La Toilette where the influence of Delacroix and Manet is apparent. A completely different vision, however, of the pictorial aesthetics expressed in his early days.

Related Works

Oeuvre en rapport
Femme nue de dos - Huile sur toile - 63 x 48 cm - Collection particulière (MSb-5)