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The great granddaughter of Henri Matisse, granddaughter of art dealer Pierre Matisse, and step-grandchild of Marcel Duchamp, Sophie Matisse has many ties to modernist art.  She was married to French pop artist Alain Jacquet (1939-2008).

In her painting, however, she plays off of classical paintings such as Grant Wood's American Gothic, Vermeer's Woman With a Pearl Necklace and Young Woman Holding a Water Pitcher, DaVinci's Mona Lisa, and works by Charles Willson Peale and Henri Matisse. 

But she gives these paintings as well as many others a twist---the main figures are missing' the human presence is removed, and the works become "statements of absence".  For instance, in American Gothic, the couple are not present, and only the pitchfork remains.  "It's as if the sitters got ansy and walked off the canvas to take a break." (Wong)

Matisse was born in Boston, Massachusetts and educated in Boston and Paris.  Her studio is on Greenwich Street in TriBeCa. (2005)


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Sherry Wong, "Back in Five Minutes", artnet magazine, January 2002
Spirit of the Senses Salon, Phoenix, Arizona, 2005

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