Auguste Pellerin (II) (1916 – 1917) by Henri Matisse

Auguste Pellerin (II) - Henri Matisse - 1916 - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleAuguste Pellerin (II)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Date1916 - 1917
Dimensions150 x 96 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France

About Auguste Pellerin (II)

The artwork “Auguste Pellerin (II)” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse between 1916 and 1917, and it represents a significant example of the Post-Impressionist movement. Measuring 150 by 96 centimeters, this portrait genre work of art resides in the esteemed Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France.

The artwork depicts a seated male figure, presumably Auguste Pellerin, a notable collector and a prominent figure who was one of Matisse’s patrons. The portrait features a highly stylized representation with bold and dark outlines. The subject’s face is rendered with sharp angles and minimalistic detail, emphasizing the geometric shapes rather than a lifelike reproduction. The palette is subdued yet rich in color, using deep browns and blacks for the subject’s suit and a lighter scheme for the face and hands, creating a striking contrast.

The background elements are abstract, with patchworks of colors and shapes framing the subject, contributing to a sense of depth and complexity in composition. Matisse’s use of broad, confident brushstrokes and an economy of line showcase his mastery of form and space. There is also a noticeable texture throughout the portrait that gives it a tactile quality. The posture and facial expression of the portrayed figure suggest a serene and contemplative demeanor.

This painting stands as a testament to Matisse’s artistic evolution and his exploration into the expressive potential of color and form, hallmarks of the Post-Impressionist approach that sought to go beyond the naturalistic depictions of the Impressionist era.

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