'Le Repos du Modele' is a sensual study of Matisse's model, Henriette Darricarrere. Pattern and texture provide a rich backdrop to the rounded voluptuousness of the resting woman. Matisse has limited himself to black lithographic crayon, but this print powerfully suggests a whole range of rich and vibrant colours and contrasts.
Her head is framed and contained by the coil of her arms; her hooded gaze holds the viewer's attention, creating a mood that is still and watchful.
The space is shallow - the corner of the framed panel pushes and tilts the languid figure closer to the surface in a provocative attitude, while Matisse's vigorous line accentuates the volume and potential energy of his subject. She may be resting, but she remains eternal, enigmatic, challenging.