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Henri Matisse
Bathers with a Turtle
Saint Louis Art Museum
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by Charlie Finch

To get an idea of Henri Matisse's personality in the studio, examining the behavior of David Hockney might offer a clue. Hockney's obsession with physical culture magazines, depicting men in jockstraps with an emphasis on their posteriors, when he decamped to Los Angeles in the 1960s, led him to focus on the single nude model as not just the locus of his own desires but as a means of command and control in the studio.