Laurette in a White Turban (1917) by Henri Matisse

Laurette in a White Turban - Henri Matisse - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleLaurette in a White Turban
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Laurette in a White Turban

Henri Matisse’s artwork “Laurette in a White Turban” is a portrait dating back to 1917, placing it in the era postdating Impressionism. Matisse, as a distinguished artist of the Post-Impressionism movement, explores the complexities of color and form, which is evident in the genre of portraiture in this particular work.

The artwork exudes a rich interplay of color and brushwork characterizing Matisse’s oeuvre. It depicts a figure adorned with a voluminous white turban that sits atop her head, cascading down and framing her visage and upper torso. The subject’s expression is serene, with her downcast eyes suggesting a moment of introspection. The choice of a simplified palette, with swathes of green forming a muted, yet expressive background, contrasts with the warmer tones of the subject’s skin and striking purple of the chair, creating a dynamic yet harmonious composition. The application of paint is both fluid and deliberate, accentuating the flowing white garment with gentle folds that suggest softness and volume. Matisse’s signature use of bold outlines to define shapes and features is evident, lending the portrait a sense of immediacy and vigor that transcends the stillness of the sitter’s pose. Overall, the artwork is imbued with a sense of both intimacy and stylization, a testament to Matisse’s skill in capturing the human form in novel and evocative ways.

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