Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya (1947) by Henri Matisse

Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya - Henri Matisse - 1947

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Lydia Delectorskaya
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

The artwork “Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya” is a notable example of Henri Matisse’s oeuvre, created in 1947. Matisse, a master of color and form, worked with oil on canvas to produce this piece. It is an example of the Expressionist movement, which often sought to capture emotional experience rather than reality. This portrait belongs to the genre of portraiture and is part of the collection at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The artwork features a stylized portrayal of a woman with a composed and serene expression. Her face is rendered with bold, simplified shapes and planes of vivid color, which is characteristic of Matisse’s later works. An array of contrasting colors, including greens, yellows, and purples, are used to evoke the sitter’s features and to define her figure against the backdrop. Matisse’s use of flattened space and abstracted form exemplifies his signature style, which prioritizes the emotional strength and decorative aspects of artistic composition over representational accuracy. The portrait captures a sense of the subject’s personality, suggesting a quiet confidence and a certain inscrutability. Matisse’s distinctive brushwork and the painting’s lush colors combine to make this portrait a compelling tribute to the artist’s muse and model, Lydia Delectorskaya.

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