Reclining Nude (1924) by Henri Matisse

Reclining Nude - Henri Matisse - 1924

Artwork Information

TitleReclining Nude
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions59.8 x 92 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US

About Reclining Nude

Henri Matisse’s “Reclining Nude,” created in 1924, is an exemplar of Expressionism. This oil on canvas artwork measures 59.8 by 92 cm and belongs to the genre of nude painting (nu). The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, United States, has the privilege of housing this significant work. The artwork unfolds as a vivid composition capturing the languid posture of a nude female figure. Matisse employs a rich palette and expressive brushwork to articulate the interplay of colors and forms that vivify the scene. The background is adorned with patterned fabrics that delineate a sense of spatial depth and exotic ambience, while the subject herself is portrayed with harmonious curvature, rendering a naturalistic yet stylized depiction that is indicative of Matisse’s unique blending of realism and abstraction.

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