Ochre Head, Lozenge Background (1942) by Henri Matisse

Ochre Head, Lozenge Background - Henri Matisse - 1942

Artwork Information

TitleOchre Head, Lozenge Background
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Ochre Head, Lozenge Background

The artwork entitled “Ochre Head, Lozenge Background” is a creation of Henri Matisse, a prominent artist whose work contributed significantly to the Fauvist movement. Completed in 1942, this piece exemplifies the portrait genre and is representative of Matisse’s distinctive style during that era.

Examining the artwork, one observes the use of bold, expressive colors and simplified forms for which Fauvism is renowned. The subject is rendered with minimal detail, highlighting the essence of the figure rather than an exact likeness. The ochre tones of the subject’s face and neck stand out distinctly against the patterned lozenge background, which features an array of dark geometric shapes. The use of contrast both in color and pattern draws attention to the subject, imbuing it with a sense of depth and dimension despite the overall flatness of the composition. Matisse’s signature and the piece’s date are visible in the upper left corner, affirming the artwork’s authenticity and historical context.

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