Henri Matisse ‘Blue Nude’.
During 1952, one of Matisse’s most prolific late years, he created many ambitious paper cutouts, among them the present Blue Nude. Facing front with arms raised and breasts projecting sideways, the pose recalls various standing odalisques from his Nice period of the 1920s. The simple but effective composition is built up from six disjointed pieces of blue painted paper that seem suspended in space. It represents one of a dozen or so variations on the theme that Matisse created over a period of several months.
(Source: metmuseum.org, via ein-bleistift-und-radiergummi)