Marguerite (1907) by Henri Matisse

Marguerite - Henri Matisse - 1907

Artwork Information

ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions65 x 54 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationMusée Picasso, Paris, France

About Marguerite

The artwork “Marguerite,” created by Henri Matisse in 1907, exemplifies the Expressionist movement and is categorized as a portrait. Measuring 65 x 54 cm, this piece features Matisse’s distinctive style and currently resides in the Musée Picasso in Paris, France.

In the artwork, a young woman is depicted against a rich ochre background, her name “Marguerite” painted prominently above her head. The subject, ostensibly Matisse’s daughter, is portrayed with a serene and composed expression. Matisse employs bold, flat areas of color to create depth and emotion in the portrait, a reflection of the Expressionist influence. The woman’s skin is pale, and her features are rendered with simple, yet precise lines, with dark hair elegantly styled. Her attire consists of a dark, navy-blue dress with a white collar and a black choker, emphasizing her delicate neck. The artwork communicates a personal and emotional quality, typical of Matisse’s approach during this period, where he sought to capture the essence of the sitter through color and form rather than through detailed realism.

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