Red Jacket (1937) by Henri Matisse

Red Jacket - Henri Matisse - 1937

Artwork Information

TitleRed Jacket
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About Red Jacket

The artwork titled “Red Jacket” was created by the artist Henri Matisse in the year 1937. As an important piece within the Expressionism movement, this portrait showcases Matisse’s signature style, characterized by its vivid colors and bold patterns. The genre of this piece is a portrait, reflecting the artist’s interest in depicting human subjects with emotional depth and stylistic experimentation.

In the artwork, a figure is depicted seated in a stylized interior, with a strong presence emanating from the central subject. The individual wears a vibrant red jacket adorned with intricate patterns that stand out against the softer tones of the other clothing. The jacket’s red hue dominates the composition, providing a stark contrast to the background and highlighting the subject’s form. The background features an array of colors and shapes that contribute to the dynamic feel of the piece. Floral elements — possibly symbolic or decorative — add to the rich visual tapestry behind the subject. A sense of flatness is conveyed, as is typical of Matisse’s work, where the emphasis is more on color and pattern rather than perspectival depth. The overall effect is a powerful expression of the subject’s personality and mood, anchored by the choice of strong, resonant colors and the artist’s distinct approach to form and composition.

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