Laurette in Green in a Pink Chair (1917) by Henri Matisse

Laurette in Green in a Pink Chair - Henri Matisse - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleLaurette in Green in a Pink Chair
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Laurette in Green in a Pink Chair

The artwork titled “Laurette in Green in a Pink Chair” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1917. It is recognized as a portrait that belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement, which is characterized by its vivid colors, broad brushstrokes, and emphasis on geometric forms. Matisse’s work from this period often reflects a departure from the realistic depictions of his subjects, favoring instead a more expressive and abstract presentation.

In this portrait, the subject, Laurette, is depicted sitting in an armchair that contrasts strikingly with her attire. The chair is rendered in a vibrant pink hue, while Laurette is dressed in a rich green garment, which drapes elegantly around her. Her pose is relaxed yet attentive, with one hand supporting her head, suggesting a moment of contemplation or repose. Matisse’s use of color is bold and unconventional, with the pink of the chair almost serving as an aura surrounding the sitter. The background is neutral, thereby drawing the viewer’s focus onto the subject and the interplay of colors.

The artist employs loose brushwork, yet the portrait remains distinctly composed, with the different elements of the composition—the woman, the chair, the dress—each demarcated by confident lines. The facial features of Laurette are simplified but convey depth and character, adhering to the Post-Impressionist ethos of evoking the essence rather than providing a literal representation. The painting is a testament to Matisse’s mastery of color and form, and his ability to capture the character of his sitter through the power of his artistic choices.

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