Femme Assise Sur Un Balcon (1919) by Henri Matisse

Femme Assise Sur Un Balcon - Henri Matisse - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleFemme Assise Sur Un Balcon
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Femme Assise Sur Un Balcon

The artwork “Femme Assise Sur Un Balcon” by Henri Matisse, dated 1919, is an exquisite example of the Fauvism art movement. This figurative piece portrays a woman sitting on a balcony, embodying the vibrant and expressive qualities characteristic of Fauvist works.

In the artwork, a seated woman occupies the foreground, positioned against the soft, pastel backdrop of an outdoor scene. Her attire is a patterned dress with floral accents, and she appears contemplative, gazing aside with a light expression. The balcony railings feature a rhythmic series of balusters, leading one’s eye into the distant landscape where lush greenery interrupts the pale horizon. Matisse’s brushwork is visible and relaxed, creating a sense of immediacy and texture throughout the composition. The palette is restrained yet deliberate, with the soft hues lending the work a sense of calm and quietude. The juxtaposition of the interior elements with the exterior setting creates depth and invites the viewer to ponder the woman’s thoughts as she sits tranquilly in the open air.

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