Reclining Nude, back (1927) by Henri Matisse

Reclining Nude, back - Henri Matisse - 1927

Artwork Information

TitleReclining Nude, back
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Reclining Nude, back

Henri Matisse’s “Reclining Nude, Back” is an oil on canvas created in 1927, signifying a work from the Expressionism movement. Falling within the nude painting (nu) genre, this artwork is held privately and is representative of the artist’s bold use of color and form.

The artwork features a nude female figure reclining on her stomach on a vividly patterned surface which appears to be a sofa or divan. The composition is rendered with expressive, yet controlled brushstrokes, and Matisse’s play of perspective is evident in how the figure is positioned within the two-dimensional space. The figure’s body is depicted with a sense of volume and roundness, yet it is stylized in a manner that emphasizes the flatness of the canvas. Her skin tone is naturalistic with soft shading, contrasting sharply with the colorful, decorative patterns that surround her.

Notable in this piece is Matisse’s characteristic juxtaposition of warm and cool tones, as well as his departure from strict anatomical accuracy in favor of a more emotional and interpretative presentation of form. The background is composed of vibrant reds with floral motifs, and the surrounding objects include what seems to be a green side table, a vase, and a decorated screen, each contributing to an environment that seems simultaneously intimate and detached from any specific location.

The artwork captures the essence of Matisse’s style during this period, characterized by a unique dialogue between color, form, and the exploration of the human figure in relation to its environment. The piece stands as an example of the expressive potential of color in the portrayal of the human form and is indicative of the broader trends within Expressionism, where artists sought to express emotional experience rather than physical reality.

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