The Ballet Dancer (c.1927) by Henri Matisse

The Ballet Dancer - Henri Matisse - c.1927

Artwork Information

TitleThe Ballet Dancer
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About The Ballet Dancer

“The Ballet Dancer” is an artwork by Henri Matisse created around 1927, which exemplifies the artist’s involvement with the Post-Impressionism movement. As a portrait, it presents the viewer with the image of a ballet dancer and is held in the collection of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This piece is indicative of Matisse’s interest in depicting the human figure with expressive color and form.

The artwork features a seated figure of a ballet dancer at rest, her body positioned at a slight angle to the observer. She is adorned in a white dress embellished with floral accents, and her attire includes a tutu, which she appears to be adjusting. The artist has chosen a palette that is rich and vibrant, with a predominately green background that contrasts with the purple seat and the warm hues of the floor. Particular attention has been paid to the dancer’s pose, which, while relaxed, still conveys a sense of elegance and poise typical of a trained ballet performer. Her face is rendered with a minimalist approach, yet it captures the dancer’s focused expression. The use of bold, flat colors and the simplification of form imbue the portrait with a sense of modernity and are reflective of Matisse’s innovative approach to portraiture during this era.

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