Le luxe (I) (1907) by Henri Matisse

Le luxe (I) - Henri Matisse - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleLe luxe (I)
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions210 x 138 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France

About Le luxe (I)

The artwork titled “Le luxe (I)” is a creation of artist Henri Matisse dated to 1907. It is executed using oil on canvas and is a part of the Expressionist movement. The piece is a nude painting with dimensions measuring 210 x 138 cm. The artwork is currently housed at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France.

“Le luxe (I)” presents an expressive composition featuring three figures, set against a landscape. In the forefront of the artwork stands a statuesque nude woman, her gaze directed away from the viewer, and her body facing forward. Her form displays a serene and classical poise. Adjacent to her another female figure kneels while holding a bouquet of flowers, her gesture suggesting an offering. The third figure is depicted lying prostrate on the ground, further adding to the scene’s dynamic of repose and activity. The background reveals a coastal setting with undulating hills, and the color usage throughout is vivid yet subdued, with broad, confident brushstrokes indicative of Matisse’s style during this period. The composition evokes a timeless aura intertwined with modern sensibilities, which is characteristic of Matisse’s work and the broader Expressionist movement.

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