Nu À La Chaise Longue (1923) by Henri Matisse

Nu À La Chaise Longue - Henri Matisse - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleNu À La Chaise Longue
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Nu À La Chaise Longue

The artwork “Nu À La Chaise Longue” was created by Henri Matisse in 1923 and is an exemplar of the Fauvism art movement. Predominately characterized as a nude painting, this piece embodies the vibrant color palette and bold delineation that are hallmarks of Fauvist work.

The artwork presents a reclining nude figure, relaxed and poised in a moment of repose on a chaise longue. Her body is rendered with soft, curvilinear forms that capture the essence of the human figure rather than its exact likeness, which is typical of Matisse’s style. The use of color in this piece is notable; it deviates from naturalistic shades in favor of expressive hues that define both the figure and her surroundings. The background features a decorative screen or window adorned with a floral motif that is painted with the same gestural brushstrokes and chromatic boldness as the subject. The contrast of the reds and the cooler tones of the background demonstrate Matisse’s distinct ability to manipulate color for emotional and compositional impact. The casual pose of the figure, combined with the rich, harmonious colors, suggests an atmosphere of serene intimacy.

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