Male Model (1900) by Henri Matisse

Male Model - Henri Matisse - 1900

Artwork Information

TitleMale Model
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions99 x 73 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About Male Model

The artwork titled “Male Model” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in the year 1900. This painting can be classified as belonging to the Post-Impressionism movement. The work is a nude painting (nu) that measures 99 by 73 centimeters. It currently resides in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which is located in New York City, NY, US.

The artwork depicts a male figure in a contemplative or restive posture. Matisse’s use of color is striking, as is characteristic of his work within the Post-Impressionism movement, where color becomes a dominant element to express emotion and structure rather than solely to describe the natural world. Dynamic and contrasting hues are applied to model the form, with prominent blues, oranges, and whites. The brushwork is loose and expressive, contributing to an overall composition that is less concerned with capturing a lifelike representation and more invested in the emotive and structural qualities. The figure’s presence is pronounced within the space, with his physique detailed through rough, painterly strokes that suggest volume and depth. The background provides a strong contrast to the figure, utilizing cooler tones and simplified forms, emphasizing the warm colors of the body. The composition’s simplification, bold use of color, and the expressive quality of the brushwork collectively echo the innovations of Post-Impressionism, which paved the way for subsequent modern art movements.

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