Nude in An Armchair (Nu Au Fauteuil) (1920) by Henri Matisse

Nude in An Armchair (Nu Au Fauteuil) - Henri Matisse - 1920

Artwork Information

TitleNude in An Armchair (Nu Au Fauteuil)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Nude in An Armchair (Nu Au Fauteuil)

The artwork titled “Nude in An Armchair (Nu Au Fauteuil)” was created by Henri Matisse in 1920. As a prominent figure associated with the Fauvism movement, Matisse’s piece falls within the genre of nude painting. Fauvism is characterized by strong colors and expressive brushwork, although in this particular work, the color palette is somewhat subdued compared to the more vibrant examples of the movement.

The artwork presents a nude figure seated nonchalantly in an armchair. The composition includes a patterned rug, a chair with ornate yellow and white fabric, and a table in the background holding a vase of flowers. The figure itself is depicted with a modest use of colors, soft modeling, and relaxed posture, conveying a sense of calm intimacy. The background is composed of heavily muted tones apart from the brighter hues of the chair and bouquet, and features a simplified rendition of an interior space. Matisse’s signature is visible in the lower left corner, inscribed on the representation of the rug. The overall effect is one of harmonious tranquility, capturing a private, introspective moment.

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