Lorette with Turban and Yellow Vest (1917) by Henri Matisse

Lorette with Turban and Yellow Vest - Henri Matisse - 1917

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TitleLorette with Turban and Yellow Vest
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Lorette with Turban and Yellow Vest

The artwork titled “Lorette with Turban and Yellow Vest” is a portrait by artist Henri Matisse, created in 1917. This painting falls within the Post-Impressionism movement, a period which was characterized by a focus on more symbolic content, structured forms, and intense color. Matisse’s work from this time is notable for its expressive use of color and less naturalistic representation.

In “Lorette with Turban and Yellow Vest,” a subject is depicted with a striking turban and a vivid yellow vest, embodying Matisse’s signature use of bold hues and simplified forms. The painting portrays the figure with a serene yet engaging expression against a dual-colored background, which is divided into a warm yellow and a contrasting space of red. The facial features are rendered with a sense of flatness while preserving the semblance of the sitter. Matisse has employed loose brushwork, particularly visible in the garment’s texture and the ornamentation of the necklace. This painting exemplifies the artist’s interests in distilling the essence of his subjects through color and form rather than realistic detail, embodying the ideals of the Post-Impressionist vision.

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