Portrait with Pink and Blue Face (1936) by Henri Matisse

Portrait with Pink and Blue Face - Henri Matisse - 1936

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait with Pink and Blue Face
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism,Color Field Painting

About Portrait with Pink and Blue Face

The artwork titled “Portrait with Pink and Blue Face,” created by Artist Henri Matisse in 1936, is a striking example of the Fauvism and Color Field Painting movements. It falls under the genre of portraiture, showcasing Matisse’s bold use of color and simplified forms characteristic of Fauvist aesthetics.

The artwork displays a frontal portrait of a figure set against a vibrant yellow background, with a stark contrast of a deep black at the top portion. The subject’s face is rendered in two primary sections divided down the middle, with one side painted blue and the other pink, a typical Fauvist approach to color where naturalistic shades are eschewed in favor of expressive hues. The subject’s hair is depicted in a warm brown tone, draping over the shoulders. Facial features are simplified and outlined, with the eyes drawn as basic but expressive black shapes and the lips given prominence with a striking red color.

The figure wears a shirt or jacket that features bold green and purple stripes, introducing another plane of contrasting color that adds to the overall dynamism of the composition. The brushwork appears visible and unblended, contributing to a sense of immediacy and the artist’s hand being present. Matisse’s delicate balance of boldness and subtlety in both color and form makes this portrait a poignant example of his innovative and influential approach to art during this period.

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