Decorative Figure on an Ornamental Ground (1925-26) by Henri Matisse

Decorative Figure on an Ornamental Ground - Henri Matisse - 1925

Artwork Information

TitleDecorative Figure on an Ornamental Ground
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions51 1/8 x 38 5/8 in. (130 x 98 cm)
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationMusee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

About Decorative Figure on an Ornamental Ground

The artwork “Decorative Figure on an Ornamental Ground” by Henri Matisse was created in 1925 and is a captivating example of Expressionism. Rendered in oil on canvas, this piece measures 51 1/8 x 38 5/8 inches (130 x 98 cm). It falls under the genre of nude painting, reflecting Matisse’s characteristic use of vibrant color and bold pattern. The artwork is part of the collection of the Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

In the artwork, a nude female figure is seated against a richly decorated ornamental background that teems with color and various patterns. A striking contrast is achieved between the fluid lines of the figure and the decorative elements surrounding her. Delicately balanced, the composition features organic and geometric motifs, showcasing Matisse’s skill in integrating the human form within an ornate setting. The artwork is imbued with a sense of tranquility, evoking a harmonious, albeit complex, relationship between figure and space. The palette is a vivid tapestry of blues, greens, reds, and yellows, which creates a dynamic yet cohesive visual experience. The woman’s contemplative expression and relaxed pose are masterfully captured, making her a central focus amidst the elaborate decorative scheme.

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