Marguerite with Black Velvet Ribbon (1916) by Henri Matisse

Marguerite with Black Velvet Ribbon - Henri Matisse - 1916

Artwork Information

TitleMarguerite with Black Velvet Ribbon
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Marguerite with Black Velvet Ribbon

The artwork “Marguerite with Black Velvet Ribbon” is a portrait by the esteemed artist Henri Matisse, created in the year 1916. It is an embodiment of the Fauvism art movement, which is distinguished by its strong color expressions and painterly qualities. This artwork serves as a quintessential example of Matisse’s pursuits within this genre.

In this striking portrait, the spectator is presented with the bust of a female figure, presumably Marguerite, who is adorned with a black velvet ribbon. The backdrop of the artwork is a rich teal that contrasts with the warm, orange-toned garment worn by the subject. Matisse’s use of color is bold and assertive, yet the facial features of the woman are rendered with care and attention, capturing a thoughtful expression. The texture of the paint is palpable, adding a tactile quality to the viewing experience. Matisse’s signature can be conspicuously seen in the lower right corner, adding a finishing touch to this vivid example of Fauvist portraiture.

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