The Black Shawl (1918) by Henri Matisse

The Black Shawl - Henri Matisse - 1918

Artwork Information

TitleThe Black Shawl
ArtistHenri Matisse

About The Black Shawl

The artwork entitled “The Black Shawl” is a portrait created by Henri Matisse in 1918. This piece of art falls within the genre of portrait and exhibits the characteristic color and form that Matisse is renowned for.

The artwork depicts a woman lying down on a red surface that appears to be a couch or a bed, adorned with white decorative patterns. The woman is clothed in a dark, patterned garment that includes a black shawl over her torso. Her pose is relaxed and restful, with one arm supporting her head and the other extended along her body. The background is a pale yellow, providing a stark contrast to the rich colors of the red bed and the dark clothing. The brushwork is loose, expressive and does not concern itself with fine detail, which is typical of Matisse’s style in this period. The artist’s use of color, bold outlines, and simplified forms helps to convey the essence of the subject rather than a photorealistic representation.

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