The Maid (1896) by Henri Matisse

The Maid - Henri Matisse - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleThe Maid
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions90 x 74 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Maid

“The Maid,” an artwork by Henri Matisse, dates back to the year 1896 and is categorized as part of the Realism art movement. The genre painting measures 90 x 74 cm and portrays an everyday scene typical of the time. Currently, it resides within the confines of a private collection.

In the artwork, there is a sense of intimate domesticity captured through the depiction of a maid engaged in her duties. The setting appears to be a kitchen or a dining area, as indicated by the presence of a table adorned with various bottles, a plate, and eating utensils. The maid, wearing a traditional headdress and apron, is leaning over, possibly cleaning or organizing the items on the table. The brushwork and use of muted, earthy tones create a realistic representation of the scene.

The room is sparsely furnished, and the walls are plainly adorned, drawing the observer’s focus towards the maid and her tasks. The light source, not directly shown in the painting, illumines the scene, casting soft shadows and emphasizing the textural quality of the fabrics and surfaces. Matisse’s attention to compositional balance and the subtle interplay of light and shadow are evident, characteristics that align with the Realism movement’s dedication to portraying scenes of life with honesty and directness.

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