Auguste Pellerin (I) (1917) by Henri Matisse

Auguste Pellerin (I) - Henri Matisse - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleAuguste Pellerin (I)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About Auguste Pellerin (I)

The artwork, “Auguste Pellerin (I),” is a portrait crafted by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in the year 1917. It is a significant piece of the Expressionism art movement, which emphasizes the representation of emotions and subjective interpretations above realistic depictions. The genre of this work is a portrait, which immortalizes the visage and character of Auguste Pellerin.

In examining the artwork, one immediately notices the dominant presence of the sitter, who appears to be an older male figure seated at a desk or table. His attire is formal, consisting of a dark suit and white shirt, punctuated by a small flair of color—a red accessory on his lapel. The facial expression rendered by Matisse is serious, reserved, and suggests a sense of contemplation or authority.

Matisse employs a vivacious color palette, which is characteristic of his style and the Expressionist movement. There is a striking contrast between the warm tones of the background, as in the fiery reds and oranges, and the cooler, more subdued colors of the foreground, particularly the greens and blues. The background also features a painting within the painting, indicated by an artwork on the wall, which further adds to the visual complexity.

The portrayal of Pellerin’s hands is particularly interesting with one hand resting upon the other, both placed atop an ornate container that perhaps holds writing materials. These hands, along with the face, are focal points of human expression in the piece. The use of bold, visible brushstrokes throughout the artwork conveys a sense of immediacy and emotional intensity, hallmarks of Expressionistic art.

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