Pink Nude, or Seated Nude (1909) by Henri Matisse

Pink Nude, or Seated Nude - Henri Matisse - 1909

Artwork Information

TitlePink Nude, or Seated Nude
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions33 x 40 cm
Art MovementExpressionism

About Pink Nude, or Seated Nude

The artwork “Pink Nude, or Seated Nude” was painted by Henri Matisse in 1909, utilizing the medium of oil on canvas. Measuring 33 x 40 cm, this piece is representative of the Expressionism movement, characterized by the strong use of color and emotive interpretation. The genre of the artwork is nude painting (nu), a genre focusing on the depiction of the nude human figure.

The artwork depicts a female figure sitting, her body infused with hues of pink against a backdrop of vibrant blues and greens that form an abstracted natural setting. The subject is portrayed with a direct gaze, engaging the viewer. Matisse’s signature use of bold color and simplified forms conveys a sense of immediacy and emotional resonance. The expressionist qualities of this work are evident in the subjective representation and the emotional impact of the robust, saturated colors. The contours of the figure’s body are delineated by thick, dark outlines, creating a stark contrast with the lighter shades within her form and the scenery behind her. The resulting composition emphasizes the artist’s interest in harmony and the intrinsic qualities of color and shape, rather than realistic depiction.

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