Briggs, Patricia Ann. “Historicizing Matisse’s Representations of Women: Gender and Artistic Expression in the Age of Consumer Culture.” Order No. 9913329, University of Minnesota, 1998. http://ezproxy.lib.davidson.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/304436612?accountid=10427.
This thesis is about nude photography’s influence on Matisse’s work when he moved from the fauvist period to modernist art. I focused on Chapter 2, “Desire on Display: Henri Matisse and the Representation of the Artist and His Model.” This discusses the change of the portrayal of nudity and gender from fauvism to modernism. In the nineteenth century, female models were used as symbols for the masculine artist’s desire. In the twentieth century, sexuality and gender are more neutral.
Matisse, Henri. Blue Nude II. 1952, Pompidou Centre, Paris.