Woman at the Window (1905) by Henri Matisse

Woman at the Window - Henri Matisse - 1905

Artwork Information

TitleWoman at the Window
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Woman at the Window

The artwork “Woman at the Window” is a creation of the artist Henri Matisse, dated to the year 1905. This portrait is a representative work of the Fauvism art movement, which is characterized by strong colors and vigorous brushwork.

In the artwork, the viewer observes a woman seated next to a window. The composition is dominated by vivid, contrasting hues that typify the Fauvist style, eschewing realistic colors in favor of emotional expression. Matisse employs a dynamic array of reds and oranges to define the woman’s attire and the surrounding space, while the background includes a combination of greens, yellows, and blues that portray the view through the window. The woman herself is rendered with a simplified form, her features are indicated with minimal line work, allowing the bold color palette to become the primary conveyer of form and space.

The artwork’s bold, unmodulated colors, displayed without concern for the natural appearance of the subject, exemplify the revolutionary approach of Fauvism to use color as the principal means of expression. “Woman at the Window” thus stands as a vibrant example of Matisse’s early 20th century innovations, which had a profound impact on the trajectory of modern art.

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