The Arm (1938) by Henri Matisse

The Arm - Henri Matisse - 1938

Artwork Information

TitleThe Arm
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions46 x 38 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Arm

The artwork titled “The Arm” is a creation by the esteemed artist Henri Matisse, dating back to 1938. Exemplifying the Expressionism art movement, the work is a figurative piece with dimensions measuring 46 by 38 centimeters. Currently, “The Arm” resides within a private collection.

Regarding the aesthetic composition of the artwork, it features a vivid amalgamation of colors and shapes that abstractly depict a figure. Expressionist in its execution, the painting diverges from realistic portrayal and instead conveys emotion through its bold color palette and dynamic brushwork. The central focus of the painting appears to be a curvilinear form that suggests the presence of a human arm, as indicated by the artwork’s title. The background and surrounding elements are fragmented into various shapes and hues, including blues, greens, yellows, and reds, which may symbolize elements of the environment or elements of the attire interacting with the figure. Matisse’s use of contrasting colors and distorted forms is characteristic of his later works, where he often embraced a more abstract and symbolic approach to depiction. The painting communicates a sense of movement and vitality, drawing the viewer’s attention to a dance of shapes and tones that together offer an evocative sensory experience.

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