A Nude with her Heel on her Knee (1936) by Henri Matisse

A Nude with her Heel on her Knee - Henri Matisse - 1936

Artwork Information

TitleA Nude with her Heel on her Knee
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions38 x 61 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About A Nude with her Heel on her Knee

The artwork titled “A Nude with her Heel on her Knee” was crafted by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in the year 1936. This piece is a prime example of the Expressionism art movement and falls under the genre of nude painting (nu). The dimensions of the artwork are a modest 38 x 61 cm, making it a relatively small piece by some standards. Currently, the painting resides within the confines of a private collection, highlighting its exclusive and privileged status among art connoisseurs.

In the artwork, one observes the portrayal of a nude figure, composed with a bold simplicity that is characteristic of Matisse’s style during this period. The figure is presented in a relaxed, reclined position with one heel resting on her knee, which emphasizes the sinuous curves of her form. The use of colors is striking, with warm flesh tones contrasting against the lush, green background and a vividly patterned rug upon which the figure is seated. Matisse’s brushwork appears fluid and confident, allowing swathes of color to define the volume and space around the nude’s form.

The artist’s inclination towards flattening the picture plane is evident, yet there remains an element of depth through the use of perspective and the overlapping elements, such as the leaves which frame the figure. The face of the nude is rendered with a degree of abstraction, focusing more on the interplay of light and shadow than on detailed facial features, typical of the Expressionistic intent to convey emotion rather than a realistic representation.

Overall, the artwork exudes a sense of tranquil intimacy and an indulgence in pure color and form, which invites the viewer into a contemplative dialogue with the work beyond the subject’s nudity.

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