Girl Seated (1909) by Henri Matisse

Girl Seated - Henri Matisse - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleGirl Seated
ArtistHenri Matisse

About Girl Seated

The artwork “Girl Seated” is attributed to the renowned artist Henri Matisse, created in the year 1909. It is classified as a genre painting, a form of art depicting scenes of everyday life with varied subject matters.

The artwork portrays a young female figure seated on a wooden chair, her posture relaxed and one arm casually supporting her head. The composition is characterized by its simplified forms and vibrant contrasts of color. A striking use of red for the floor sets a warm tone for the scene, while the greens and blues in the background coolly complement the model’s white dress. Matisse’s brushwork appears fluid yet deliberate, with broad strokes conferring a sense of movement and texture. The figure’s facial features, rendered with minimal detail, conveys a contemplative expression. This work exemplifies Matisse’s transition towards a more expressive and less naturalistic representation of reality, which would ultimately contribute to the evolution of modern art.

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