This series originated out of a self-portrait attempt by x-raying his own body. The radiologist, worried about excess radiation, advised Leibow to work from other source materials, providing him with films in hopes that the artist would not harm himself. Leibow began slicing the x-rays, inserting gels employing an alternative version of Matisse’s figure style, such as his “reclining nudes series,” repurposed by shearing and illuminating the figure. He wondered about what if the model existed in real life, if her body, x-rayed, might reveal something new. Yet only in the idea—in fact, the impressions— is Matisse’s goal parallel to what Leibow also figured out by updating this attempt.