The Woman In Wellow (1923) by Henri Matisse

The Woman In Wellow - Henri Matisse - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleThe Woman In Wellow
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About The Woman In Wellow

The artwork titled “The Woman In Wellow” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1923. As an exemplar of the Fauvism art movement, this portrait genre painting embodies the distinct characteristics of bold color and non-naturalistic style.

The artwork depicts a seated woman dressed in a vibrant yellow dress that stands out against an equally vivid background. The setting is intimate, with the woman positioned indoors, surrounded by richly patterned fabrics and a decorative screen suggestive of a pensive and relaxed ambiance. The flora, as seen in the vase of flowers, and the inclusion of a stringed instrument, are typical of interiors designed to convey a certain literacy or musicality of the sitter. The brushwork is loose and expressive, capturing the essence of color and light with a certain disregard for meticulous detail that is a hallmark of Matisse’s style. The woman’s pose is serene and contemplative as she holds what appears to be a sheet of music or possibly a newspaper, implying an engagement with culture or current events. The vivid contrasts and flattened perspective are indicative of Matisse’s approach, eschewing realism for an evocation of mood and emotional resonance.

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