Nude in an Armchair, Legs Crossed (1920) by Henri Matisse

Nude in an Armchair, Legs Crossed - Henri Matisse - 1920

Artwork Information

TitleNude in an Armchair, Legs Crossed
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions56.5 x 34.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Nude in an Armchair, Legs Crossed

The artwork “Nude in an Armchair, Legs Crossed” is an oil on canvas painting by Henri Matisse, created in the year 1920. The piece is affiliated with the Post-Impressionism movement and measures 56.5 by 34.5 centimeters. This nude painting falls under the genre of ‘nu’ and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork presents a female figure seated in an armchair with her legs crossed. The woman’s posture is casual and relaxed, evoking a sense of naturalistic ease. Matisse’s use of color is distinctive, with earthy tones portraying the subject’s skin complemented by the variegated greens of the surrounding fabric. The brushwork is loose and expressive, imparting a sense of movement and life that is characteristic of Post-Impressionist works. The backdrop suggests an interior setting, with patterned curtains adding textural complexity to the composition. Overall, the piece is an intimate representation of the human form, highlighting Matisse’s talent in capturing the subtleties of the figure and the interplay of color and light.

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