Boy with Butterfly Net (1907) by Henri Matisse

Boy with Butterfly Net - Henri Matisse - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleBoy with Butterfly Net
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Boy with Butterfly Net

The artwork titled “Boy with Butterfly Net” is a creation by Henri Matisse, completed in the year 1907. It is representative of the Fauvism art movement, characterized by strong colors and vigorous brushwork. Furthermore, it falls under the category of genre painting, a style that depicts scenes of everyday life.

In the artwork, there is a young boy positioned frontally and holding a butterfly net with both hands, which suggests a moment of anticipation or pause in his activity. The boy’s attire is simple, marked by a long-sleeved shirt with a red tie under a cream-colored coat, shorts, and sandals, capturing the casual essence of youth. His reddish hair contrasts with the surrounding hues, and his facial features are rendered with careful attention to form rather than fine detail, in keeping with the Fauvist style.

The background is delineated by areas of vibrant color, comprising blues and greens that constitute the sky and the grassy field behind the boy. Matisse has used an expressive color palette not necessarily reflective of reality but serving to convey emotion and atmosphere. The painting’s composition focuses on the boy, with the butterfly net adding an element of narrative to the otherwise still setting. The simplified forms, absence of intricate detail, and bold use of color typify Matisse’s approach during this phase of his career.

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