Kathy With a Yellow Dress (1951) by Henri Matisse

Kathy With a Yellow Dress - Henri Matisse - 1951

Artwork Information

TitleKathy With a Yellow Dress
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About Kathy With a Yellow Dress

The artwork “Kathy With a Yellow Dress,” created by Henri Matisse in 1951, is a significant piece that can be attributed to the Expressionism movement. Representing the figurative genre and incorporating elements of a nude painting (nu), it is a work that reflects Matisse’s vivid use of color and his keen interest in the human figure.

Regarding the artwork, it features the use of bold and expressive color, one of the defining characteristics of Matisse’s oeuvre which links him to the Expressionist movement. The painting captures a figure in a yellow dress, with particular attention given to the form and volume through the use of contrasting colors and delineating contours. The background consists of swathes of blue, providing a dynamic contrast to the yellow. Expressive brushwork and a simplified form suggest the essence of the figure rather than a highly detailed realistic depiction. There’s an emotive quality to the work, engaging the observer with an expression of the artist’s perspective on the subject. Matisse’s signature and the year of creation are visibly inscribed at the top of the artwork, marking his ownership and the period of its inception.

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