Fatma (II) (1912) by Henri Matisse

Fatma (II) - Henri Matisse - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleFatma (II)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Fatma (II)

The artwork titled “Fatma (II)” was created in 1912 by the renowned artist Henri Matisse. It represents a contribution to the Fauvism art movement and is classified as a portrait. This work depicts an identifiable human figure, imbued with the stylistic characteristics that define the Fauvism movement, which is known for its strong coloration and vibrant expression.

The portrait is dominated by a rich, deep blue background against which the seated figure is highlighted. The subject is garbed in an outfit with contrasting colors, predominantly white and red, accentuated with patterns and ornaments. The painterly application of color, with less emphasis on realistic depiction and greater focus on emotion and expression, is evident. Matisse’s liberal use of color and loose brushwork contribute to the rhythmic quality of the artwork, and the simplified but bold representation of the human form reflects the Fauvist influence. Despite its departure from realist portrayal, the painting communicates a sense of individuality and character of the seated figure, capturing more than a mere likeness, but rather the essence of the subject as interpreted through Matisse’s unique artistic lens.

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