Nude Wearing Red Shoes (1907) by Henri Matisse

Nude Wearing Red Shoes - Henri Matisse - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleNude Wearing Red Shoes
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions73 x 60 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Nude Wearing Red Shoes

The artwork titled “Nude Wearing Red Shoes” is a creation of Henri Matisse, dated from 1907. This oil on canvas painting is an exemplar of the Post-Impressionism movement, with dimensions measuring 73 by 60 centimeters. Embodying the genre of nude painting (nu), the piece is part of a private collection.

Depicted in the artwork is a standing female figure viewed from behind. The model is presented in a natural and relaxed pose, suggesting an intimate moment devoid of artifice. Matisse’s brushwork is evident through the somewhat rough and expressive application of paint, characteristic of the Post-Impressionist style which sought to evoke emotion over realism. The artwork also features a rich but subdued color palette, particularly notable in the contrasting red of the shoes which draws the viewer’s attention. The figure stands against a backdrop that is loosely defined, hinting at a spatial setting without specific details, thus ensuring that the focus remains firmly on the nude form itself. Matisse’s signature in the top right corner adds a personal touch to the overall composition, anchoring the artwork within his distinguished body of work.

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