The interplay between the white space of the sheet and the drawn lines was one that preoccupied Matisse greatly, and something he often addressed in his theoretical writings at this time. He described the role of his models in relation, explaining that they were "never just ‘extras'" in an interior. They are the principal theme of my work... The emotional interest aroused in me by them does not appear particularly in the representation of their bodies, but often rather in the lines or special values distributed over the whole canvas or paper, which form its complete orchestration, its architecture" (quoted in John Elderfield, The Drawings of Henri Matisse, London, 1984, p. 117).
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