Repose Among the Trees (1923) by Henri Matisse

Repose Among the Trees - Henri Matisse - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleRepose Among the Trees
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Repose Among the Trees

“Repose Among the Trees,” a portrait created by Henri Matisse in 1923, is a work associated with the Fauvism movement. Fauvism, known for its bold colors and non-naturalistic treatment, is exemplified in this artwork, which brings forward Matisse’s characteristic use of vibrant hues and loose, painterly style.

The artwork portrays a serene scene of a seated figure, which appears to be a woman at rest, enveloped by the lush greenery of a forest setting. The sitter is positioned on a woven chair and seems to be gazing directly at the viewer with a mild yet engaging expression. She is adorned with a yellow garment paired with a light blue skirt or blanket and a floral accessory placed in her hair, enhancing the overall visual rhythm of the composition with the contrasting tones. Her crossed arms and relaxed posture evoke a sense of calm repose.

The background of the artwork is a tapestry of vertical tree trunks and foliage rendered in a range of greens, with a touch of red pathway on the left side of the composition, adding depth and guiding the eye through the naturalistic surroundings. It is the juxtaposition of the vivid color palette and energetic brushstrokes with the theme of tranquility in nature that defines the unique and expressive style of Matisse and the broader Fauvist movement.

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