Nude in a Wood (1906) by Henri Matisse

Nude in a Wood - Henri Matisse - 1906

Artwork Information

TitleNude in a Wood
ArtistHenri Matisse
Date1906
Mediumoil,panel
Dimensions40.6 x 32.3 cm
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationBrooklyn Museum, New York City, NY, US

About Nude in a Wood

The artwork titled “Nude in a Wood” was created by the renowned French artist Henri Matisse in 1906. This oil on panel painting exemplifies the Fauvist movement, known for its bold, vibrant colors and expressive brushwork. The dimensions of the piece are 40.6 x 32.3 cm, and it can be found in the Brooklyn Museum, located in New York City, NY, US. Classified as a nude painting (nu), this piece depicts the human form in an intimate natural setting.

The artwork presents a solitary nude figure reclined in a wooded environment. Matisse‚Äôs signature use of wild, arbitrary colors to convey emotion is evident, with the composition dominated by a range of greens, purples, reds, and blues. The brushstrokes are brisk and loose, typical of Fauvist technique, which emphasizes the painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. The contrast between the cool shades of the background and the warmth of the figure’s skin tones makes the subject stand out amidst the abstracted forest setting. This composition embodies the innovative spirit of its time, challenging traditional perceptions of color and form.

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