Woman in Blue at a Table, Red Background (1923) by Henri Matisse

Woman in Blue at a Table, Red Background - Henri Matisse - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleWoman in Blue at a Table, Red Background
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism,Expressionism

About Woman in Blue at a Table, Red Background

Titled “Woman in Blue at a Table, Red Background,” this 1923 artwork by Henri Matisse is representative of the Fauvism and Expressionism art movements. This portrait genre piece presents a woman seated at a table with an evocative use of color and form, typical of Matisse’s approach during this period.

The artwork features a female subject dressed in a deep blue garment, seated in a relaxed but formal pose. Her direct gaze meets the viewer, creating an immediate connection, and her facial expression carries a somber or reflective mood. The blue of her dress contrasts dramatically with the vivid red background, a signature technique used by Fauvist artists to evoke emotional responses from the viewer rather than to depict reality. The table holds a vase with flowers, painted with loose brushstrokes that suggest their form rather than detailing them meticulously, aligning with the expressive intent of the artwork. The warm tones of the flowers bring balance and a splash of additional color, complementing the red background and intertwining with the portrait’s overall palette. Matisse’s loose brushwork and his use of bold, non-naturalistic colors align with the characteristics of Fauvism and Expressionism, both movements that aimed to convey the artist’s feelings and perceptions rather than to reproduce the physical world accurately.

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