Seated Odalisque (1926) by Henri Matisse

Seated Odalisque - Henri Matisse - 1926

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Odalisque
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Seated Odalisque

The artwork “Seated Odalisque” was created by Henri Matisse in 1926 and is attributed to the Fauvism art movement. This genre of this piece is classified as a nude painting (nu), which signifies the depiction of the human form in its natural state.

The artwork presents a female figure positioned in a sedentary pose upon an ornate chair. Her sitting posture is relaxed, with one leg crossed over the other, and her arms gently resting on the side and the back of the chair. The background comprises a decorative trellis, infused with vivid blues and whites, which forms a complementary contrast to the warmer hues of the subject and her immediate surroundings. The Fauvist inclination towards bold coloration is evident in the strong colors applied to the figure’s garment and the chair. The woman’s facial expression is poised and serene, her gaze directed outward, engaging the viewer. Matisse’s brushwork is apparent in the fluid lines and textured applications of paint, showcasing the artist’s embrace of expressive color and form over representational accuracy. Overall, “Seated Odalisque” is a striking example of Matisse’s innovative approach to color and composition, encapsulating the essence of early 20th-century modernism.

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