Draped Nude (c.1922) by Henri Matisse

Draped Nude - Henri Matisse - c.1922

Artwork Information

TitleDraped Nude
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions39 x 61 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France

About Draped Nude

The artwork “Draped Nude” by Henri Matisse, dating from circa 1922, is a notable piece characteristic of the Post-Impressionism movement. The dimensions of this nude painting are 39 x 61 cm. The artwork is currently housed at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, France.

The artwork captures the relaxed pose of a reclining female figure, a subject commonly explored in the genre of nude painting (“nu”). The figure is depicted with a fabric draped over her lower body, while her torso and upper thighs are exposed. The use of loose, fluid brushstrokes and bold color contrasts exemplifies Matisse’s style during this period. The composition is framed by a striking red backdrop and a patterned cushion beneath the figure, which adds depth to the scene.

Matisse’s skillful handling of color creates a distinct sense of form and volume. The model’s body is rendered with soft transitions between shades, suggesting the play of light across her skin. The draped fabric adds a textural contrast to the smoothness of the figure’s flesh. Overall, the artwork portrays a sense of intimacy and tranquility, inviting viewers to appreciate the beauty in the simplicity of form and hue.

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