A Nude Lying on her Back (1927) by Henri Matisse

A Nude Lying on her Back - Henri Matisse - 1927

Artwork Information

TitleA Nude Lying on her Back
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions66 x 92 cm
Art MovementExpressionism,Orientalism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About A Nude Lying on her Back

The artwork “A Nude Lying on her Back” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1927. This piece embodies characteristics of the Expressionism and Orientalism art movements. Measuring 66 x 92 cm, it falls under the genre of nude painting, wherein the human form is the primary subject. Currently, the artwork is part of a private collection.

In this painting, the viewer is presented with the depiction of a reclining nude figure. The posture of the subject suggests a state of repose, and her gaze appears contemplative, perhaps directed outside the confines of the composition. The body of the figure is rendered with a sense of volume and weight, characteristic of Matisse’s style. The use of color is bold and expressive, with the backdrop featuring a variety of patterns and ornamental details that complement the figure’s form.

Matisse has skillfully played with visual textures and contrasting patterns, manifesting his deep engagement with color and decoration. The foreground includes a richly patterned rug upon which the subject lies, further accentuating the exotic and sensual overtones that often accompany the Orientalist theme. The combination of expressive line work, vibrant color palette, and the intimate portrayal of the human form in a domestic setting provides a dynamic and immersive visual experience, typical of Matisse’s innovative approach to art during this period.

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