Persian Robe and Large Amber Necklace (1942) by Henri Matisse

Persian Robe and Large Amber Necklace - Henri Matisse - 1942

Artwork Information

TitlePersian Robe and Large Amber Necklace
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Persian Robe and Large Amber Necklace

The artwork “Persian Robe and Large Amber Necklace” is a portrait by Henri Matisse, created in 1942 and associated with the Fauvism art movement. The piece showcases Matisse’s distinct style and his use of vibrant colors and bold patterns that characterize Fauvism, an avant-garde movement of the early 20th century.

The artwork presents a seated woman adorned in a striking Persian robe featuring a fiery combination of red and orange hues, complemented by a rich pattern that adds a sense of exotic luxury. She wears a prominent amber necklace with sizable beads, which provides a contrasting depth of color against the lighter tones of her attire. The background is rendered in dark tones, with loosely defined, curvilinear shapes that suggest a floral motif without becoming overly detailed. The figure herself is depicted with simplified facial features and relaxed posture, evoking an air of serene confidence. Her hands are elegantly placed, one on her thigh and the other resting on the arm of the chair, contributing to the sense of calm and poise. Overall, the artwork radiates with the typical Fauvist celebration of color, demonstrating Matisse’s masterful ability to balance boldness with harmony.

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