Laurette in Green (1917) by Henri Matisse

Laurette in Green - Henri Matisse - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleLaurette in Green
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Laurette in Green

The artwork, “Laurette in Green,” was crafted by the illustrious artist Henri Matisse in the year 1917, which situates it within the creative period known as Post-Impressionism. This specific work can be classified as a portrait, featuring the subject named Laurette.

In examining the artwork, one observes a depiction of a female figure seated, with her arm resting upon her knee and her head supported by her hand, suggesting a posture of contemplation or repose. The use of color is bold and expressive, characteristic of Matisse’s style, with the green of the subject’s garment dominating the composition. The rendering of the subject’s facial features exhibits a combination of abstraction and delineation, making the painting emblematic of the transition away from the naturalism of previous art movements.

The background provides minimal context, composed of neutral and earthen tones that serve to highlight the figure herself. The brushstrokes are visible and fluid, contributing to the dynamic texture of the painting. Overall, Matisse’s portrait captures the essence of the era’s search for emotional depth and artistic innovation beyond the accurate representation of reality.

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