Greta Moll (1908) by Henri Matisse

Greta Moll - Henri Matisse - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleGreta Moll
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions92.7 x 73 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About Greta Moll

The artwork “Greta Moll” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1908. It is an oil on canvas painting, measuring 92.7 x 73 cm. Exemplifying the Post-Impressionist movement, this portrait is part of the collection at the National Gallery in London, UK. It offers a glimpse into Matisse’s unique style and his contribution to the evolution of modern art.

The artwork features an intimate and forthright representation of Greta Moll seated in a relaxed posture. Her expression is calm and contemplative, with her eyes gazing directly at the viewer, creating a sense of engagement. Moll is depicted wearing a patterned blouse of light blue, punctuated by a dark brooch at her neck. A warm, russet hat crowns her elegantly positioned head, contrasting with the cool tones of her attire and the background.

Matisse’s use of broad, painterly brushstrokes gives the composition a dynamic texture and depth. The background is composed of abstracted forms with floral elements that appear to play around the figure of Moll, accentuating her form with an organic sensibility. Color is used boldly, with the contrasts between the fiery red of the seat, the lush greens and blues of the surroundings, and the skin tones of the subject providing a rich visual experience.

The portrayal exemplifies Matisse’s interest in expressing the inner life and personality of his subjects, rather than strict adherence to their physical exactitude. The brushwork and elements of the composition also convey the fluidity and experimental nature of Post-Impressionism, a movement characterized by its departure from the precise forms of Impressionism in favor of a more expressive and symbolic treatment of subjects.

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