Portrait at Blue Coat (1935) by Henri Matisse

Portrait at Blue Coat - Henri Matisse - 1935

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait at Blue Coat
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Portrait at Blue Coat

The artwork titled “Portrait at Blue Coat” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in the year 1935. It belongs to the Fauvism art movement, known for its strong color use and expressive dynamism. The “Portrait at Blue Coat” is a genre piece, categorizing it as a portrait which is a depiction of a specific individual.

The artwork presents a figure dressed in a blue coat with a distinct purplish hue, seated against a background of a rich, deep blue. The subject wears a black hat and features stylized facial elements indicative of Matisse’s characteristic approach to form and line. Her right arm rests on the arm of the chair, while her left hand gently touches the right one, conveying a sense of poise and composure.

The sitter’s expression is contemplative, with a gaze that seems to extend beyond the viewer, perhaps indicative of introspection or detachment. Bold outlines delineate her form, and the use of contrasting colors, as seen in the vibrant green of the shirt that peeks from beneath the coat, is emblematic of the Fauvist fascination with arbitrary color for emotional effect. The liberal application of flat planes of color and the simplified details foreground the artist’s concentration on the emotional conveyance over realistic representation. The overall composition is marked by an interplay of color, pattern, and texture that seeks to convey the inner life of the sitter rather than an exact physical likeness.

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