Girl with White Robe on Red Background (1944) by Henri Matisse

Girl with White Robe on Red Background - Henri Matisse - 1944

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with White Robe on Red Background
ArtistHenri Matisse
Date1944
Art MovementExpressionism

About Girl with White Robe on Red Background

The artwork titled “Girl with White Robe on Red Background” is a creation of the renowned artist Henri Matisse, dated to the year 1944. The piece is an exemplification of the Expressionism movement and falls within the figurative genre. The essence of Expressionism is captured through the evocative and emotional rendition of the subject matter, which is a common feature of Matisse’s body of work.

The artwork portrays a female figure garbed in a flowing white robe, set against a vividly contrasting red background. The composition is marked by its simplified forms and the use of bold color to convey mood and atmosphere rather than realistic detail. Matisse‚Äôs style is evident in the fluid outlines that define the figure and the garment, creating a sense of movement and life despite the stillness of the pose. The background is sectioned off into areas of red and a patch of yellow, with decorative elements that suggest a patterned wallpaper or a framed painting within the painting. The figure rests in a seated position, her head slightly tilted in a contemplative or serene state, and her form is rendered with a degree of abstraction that eschews intricate detail in favor of capturing the essence of the subject. Matisse’s use of line and color in this artwork is representative of his contribution to the Expressionist movement, where emotional expression takes precedence over realistic representation.

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