The Japanese Lady (1901) by Henri Matisse

The Japanese Lady - Henri Matisse - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Japanese Lady
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions116.8 x 80 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Japanese Lady

“The Japanese Lady,” an artwork by Henri Matisse, dates to 1901. Crafted with oil on canvas, it measures 116.8 by 80 cm. This portrait is a representation of the Post-Impressionist movement and is curated in a private collection.

The artwork portrays a female figure standing in an interior space. She is dressed in attire that suggests the exoticism which often intrigued Western artists during Matisse’s time, particularly the fascination with Japanese culture. The subject’s outfit is reminiscent of a kimono, painted in shades of pastel blue with hints of white adornment that hint at a delicate pattern. She is accessorized with a hat adorned with a red ornament that creates a contrast with her dark hair, further suggesting a stylized understanding of Japanese fashion.

Matisse’s brushwork is loose and confident, with broad, gestural strokes that build the form of the figure and her surroundings without meticulous detail. The backdrop depicts architectural elements like a door and a window sketched in a rudimentary manner, allowing the focus to remain on the figure herself. The composition of the artwork balances between figuration and abstraction, a testament to the Post-Impressionist emphasis on the artist’s subjective perspective rather than a realistic representation. The gentle contrast of the figure against the muted background creates an almost dreamlike atmosphere, emblematic of Matisse’s exploration of color and form.

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