Lorette in a Turban (1917) by Henri Matisse

Lorette in a Turban - Henri Matisse - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleLorette in a Turban
ArtistHenri Matisse

About Lorette in a Turban

“Lorette in a Turban” is a portrait crafted by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in the year 1917. This artwork falls within the genre of portraiture, capturing the likeness and expression of the sitter named Lorette.

In this artwork, the subject is portrayed with an elegance and simplicity that are characteristic of Matisse’s style during this period. The woman, presumably named Lorette, is seated against a backdrop of vibrant greenery, gazing directly at the viewer with a calm and controlled expression. Her figure is draped in a yellow garment with hints of patterned design, which contrasts with the white turban that wraps around her head, accentuating her dark hair which flows down her shoulders.

Matisse’s technique employs bold, fluid lines and a bright palette to construct the form of the subject and her surroundings. His use of color is both expressive and decorative, contributing to a sense of harmony and rhythm within the composition. The artwork captures a moment of stillness, with a suggestion of the exotic through the attire and pose of Lorette, showcasing the artist’s interest in playing with form and color to convey the essence of his subject.

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