Blue Nude II (1952) by Henri Matisse

Blue Nude II - Henri Matisse - 1952

Artwork Information

TitleBlue Nude II
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions115.5 x 76.3 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Blue Nude II

The artwork “Blue Nude II,” created by Henri Matisse in 1952, exemplifies the genre of nude painting within the realm of abstract expressionism. With dimensions of 115.5 cm by 76.3 cm, this piece is part of a private collection. Notably, despite the tendency to associate Matisse with Fauvism, the given description aligns the work with Abstract Expressionism, a movement more typically associated with artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

The artwork presents a stark, high-contrast figure rendered in a deep blue hue against a white background, demonstrating Matisse’s preference for vibrant colors and bold, simplified forms. The figure captures the essence of the human body through a series of shapes and curves that are strategically placed to suggest the form of a seated nude, characterized by the fluid lines and the reduction of the figure to its fundamental outlines. This abstract portrayal reflects the artist’s innovative approach that focuses on the emotional impact of color and form, transcending the need for realistic representation. The use of color in “Blue Nude II” is both striking and emblematic of Matisse’s skill in utilizing hue to convey mood and expressive content.

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