Algerian Woman (1909) by Henri Matisse

Algerian Woman - Henri Matisse - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleAlgerian Woman
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions81 x 65 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France

About Algerian Woman

The artwork titled “Algerian Woman” was created by Henri Matisse in 1909. It is an oil on canvas painting that exemplifies the Expressionist movement of the early twentieth century. With dimensions of 81 x 65 cm, this portrait genre painting is housed in the Georges Pompidou Center, located in Paris, France.

The artwork depicts the portrait of a woman situated against a vibrant backdrop. The woman is adorned in what appears to be a traditional Algerian robe, characterized by loose drapery and bold patterns outlined against the fabric. Her attire includes a red belt cinched at the waist, adding a striking contrast to the cool, bluish tones of her robe. Her dark hair frames her face, which is rendered with a strong use of line and color, a testament to the expressive qualities of Matisse’s style.

Matisse’s mastery of color is evident in the way he employs vivid reds, blues, and yellows, juxtaposed with stark black to define shapes and space within the composition. There is a spontaneous and almost abstract quality to the brushwork, encapsulating the energy and emotion characteristic of the Expressionist art movement. The subject’s pose is casual yet composed, with her hands gently resting, conveying both relaxation and a sense of presence. The background features decorative elements that hint at an interior space, likely influenced by Matisse’s interest in North African aesthetics and culture at the time.

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