Nu Aux Jambes Croisées (1936) by Henri Matisse

Nu Aux Jambes Croisées - Henri Matisse - 1936

Artwork Information

TitleNu Aux Jambes Croisées
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Nu Aux Jambes Croisées

The artwork titled “Nu Aux Jambes Croisées” was created by Henri Matisse in the year 1936. Matisse, a renowned artist, associated with the Fauvism art movement, ventured into the genre of nude painting (nu) with this particular work. Executed during a period known for its bold use of color and simplified forms, the piece exemplifies some of the core characteristics of Fauvism.

The artwork showcases a reclining nude female figure with her legs crossed. Matisse has portrayed the figure in a relaxed pose against a backdrop of vibrant colors and simplified forms. Typical of Fauvism, the painting uses non-naturalistic colors and bold brushstrokes. The background features various elements such as foliage and a view from a window, which have been rendered in broad swathes of bold greens, blues, and reds, emphasizing the emotional expression over realistic depiction. The figure herself is marked by soft, curving lines and a distinct use of light and shadow that defines her form without adhering strictly to an accurate portrayal of human anatomy. Matisse’s signature can be observed on the lower left corner of the artwork, reinforcing the authenticity and creative period of this piece.

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