The Italian Woman (1916) by Henri Matisse

The Italian Woman - Henri Matisse - 1916

Artwork Information

TitleThe Italian Woman
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions116.7 x 89.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, US

About The Italian Woman

The artwork titled “The Italian Woman” was created by Henri Matisse in 1916. This portrait, executed with oil on canvas, measures 116.7 by 89.5 cm and belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement. It is currently housed in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located in New York City, New York, United States.

“The Italian Woman” is a compelling example of Matisse’s portraiture, showcasing a woman dressed in a traditional, perhaps regional, garb. She is depicted with elongated facial features and dark, flowing hair that frames her face and extends down her back. Her gaze is directed straight ahead, imparting a solemn and introspective presence. The color palette adopted by Matisse leans towards earthy tones with subtle shades of green and blue, punctuating the composition and drawing attention to the figure’s attire and countenance.

The spaces around the figure are rendered with a harmonious blend of these muted colors, creating a background that allows the subject to stand out, yet ensures that she remains an integral part of the overall canvas. The brushstrokes are visibly defined, suggesting both the texture of the materials and contributing to the emotional resonance of the artwork. The confident, simplified lines and the bold application of paint are characteristic of Matisse’s style and contribute to the lasting impact of this portrait.

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