The Moroccan Amido (1912) by Henri Matisse

The Moroccan Amido - Henri Matisse - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleThe Moroccan Amido
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions146 x 62 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About The Moroccan Amido

“The Moroccan Amido,” painted by Henri Matisse in 1912, is an oil on canvas artwork that falls within the Expressionism movement. The portrait measures 146 x 62 cm and is located at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. As a representation of the genre, this work depicts a figure with distinctive stylistic choices that convey emotional resonance over realism.

The artwork portrays a standing male figure, potentially that of Amido, a Moroccan depicted from the side profile. Matisse’s use of bold, non-naturalistic colors is evident in the clothing of the figure, which features deep purples, greens, and whites. The background of the portrait is rendered in blocks of warm colors, consisting of pinks and yellows that contrast with the colors used for the subject. Matisse’s fluid brushwork creates a sense of movement in the clothing, while the face and extremities are outlined, emphasizing form and defining the figure against the background. Despite the simplification of detail, Matisse manages to convey a sense of dignity and stillness in the subject’s pose. The painting exhibits a departure from strict realism, as seen in the broad and somewhat abstract use of paint, which is characteristic of Expressionism’s focus on conveying subjective emotions. Overall, the artwork reflects Matisse’s innovative approach to color and form, which played a vital role in the evolution of modern art.

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