Dance (I) (1909) by Henri Matisse

Dance (I) - Henri Matisse - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleDance (I)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Dance (I)

The artwork titled “Dance (I)” is a seminal creation by artist Henri Matisse, completed in the year 1909. This oil on canvas painting is a part of the Fauvist art movement, known for its bold color and dynamic composition. The genre of the artwork falls under nude painting (nu), and it is part of a series known as “The Dance.” Matisse’s masterpiece is currently housed in the Hermitage Museum located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

In “Dance (I),” Matisse depicts a circle of five nude figures, rendered in a simplistically expressive style, against a vibrant blue background and a contrasting green foreground. The figures are linked by their hands and appear to be moving in a rhythmic dance that conveys a sense of primal joy and freedom. The use of non-naturalistic colors and the deliberate disregard for anatomical accuracy reflect the Fauvist emphasis on emotional expression over representational fidelity. The juxtaposition of the strong reds, blues, and greens exemplifies the movement’s characteristic use of intensely vivid hues.

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