Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background (1916) by Henri Matisse

Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background - Henri Matisse - 1916

Artwork Information

TitleLorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions73 x 55 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background

The artwork titled “Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background” is a creation by the renowned artist Henri Matisse, completed in the year 1916. This oil on canvas portrait is a distinctive exemplar of the Post-Impressionist movement, with the dimensions of the piece measuring approximately 73 by 55 centimeters. Labeled as a portrait, it resides within a private collection, veiled from the public domain.

The artwork encapsulates the essence of the model named Lorette, who is depicted seated, enveloped by a plush green robe that wraps around her form in a relaxed yet statuesque manner. The robe’s rich coloration provides a stark contrast to the dark, indistinct background, emphasizing the figure and the garment. Her poised, serene demeanor is communicated through an expression of quiet contemplation, with her eyes cast down, while the delineation of her features embodies a simplified, almost abstract quality, typical of Matisse’s focus on form and color over intricate detail.

Matisse’s use of flat areas of bold color, eschewing traditional perspective and chiaroscuro, speaks to his Post-Impressionist roots, exploring emotion and personal expression beyond the confines of realism. The chair hosting the figure is adorned with decorative patterns that soften and add texture to the composition, while the brushstrokes maintain a fluidity and ease indicative of Matisse’s mastery. This artwork thus becomes a harmonious interplay between color, form, and the artist’s personal interpretation of the human figure, contributing to the evolution of early 20th-century modern art.

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