Nymph and Satyr (1909) by Henri Matisse

Nymph and Satyr - Henri Matisse - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleNymph and Satyr
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions89 x 117 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Nymph and Satyr

The artwork titled “Nymph and Satyr” is an expressionist mythological painting by Henri Matisse, created in 1909. The medium used is oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 89 by 117 centimeters. This piece is part of the collection housed at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

In the artwork, there is a depiction of a nymph and a satyr engaged in what appears to be a dance or some form of interaction in a pastoral setting. The composition is characterized by bold, non-naturalistic colors and simplified forms. The background is composed of broad sweeps of green, representing grass or the landscape, with a hint of blue hinting at water behind the figures. The figures themselves are rendered in a flat manner with contour lines defining their shapes and are portrayed in vibrant shades of red and orange, capturing the artist’s expressive interpretation rather than a realistic representation of the mythological beings.

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