Portrait of A Woman (1905) by Henri Rousseau

Portrait of A Woman - Henri Rousseau - 1905

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of A Woman
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)

About Portrait of A Woman

The artwork titled “Portrait of A Woman” was created by Henri Rousseau in 1905. Crafted using oil on canvas, this piece exemplifies the Naïve Art movement, particularly Primitivism, and it falls within the genre of portraiture. Henri Rousseau was known for his self-taught approach and distinct style, which has been celebrated for its raw and simplistic beauty.

“Portrait of A Woman” showcases a solemn-faced woman positioned against a deep red background that serves to highlight the subject. Her attire is dark, presumably indicating a formal or somber occasion, juxtaposed against the vibrancy of the background. Her coat features a high neckline with what appears to be a light-colored, ornamental brooch or fastening. There is a ribbon-like accessory draped from the brooch, adding a touch of elegance to the otherwise plain attire. Her facial expression is rendered with a degree of flatness typical of Rousseau’s approach, providing a sense of stillness and introspection. One can observe the careful attention paid to the details of her face, suggesting a strong character and a presence that holds the viewer’s attention. Notably, the artist has signed the work at the bottom right corner, confirming its authenticity and solidifying his connection to the piece.

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