Woman in green (1909) by Henri Matisse

Woman in green - Henri Matisse - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleWoman in green
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Woman in green

The artwork “Woman in Green” is a portrait created by Henri Matisse in 1909. It represents the Fauvism art movement, characterized by its strong color use and expressionist style. This genre of portrait illuminates the artist’s unique interpretation and non-representational approach to capturing the essence of the subject.

In this intriguing artwork, Matisse employs vibrant and bold colors to compose the figure of a woman set against a monochromatic green background that fills the majority of the canvas. The woman is depicted in a seated position, with her hands gently resting in her lap. She wears a white garment with what appears to be a red floral embellishment near the collar, offering a striking contrast against the green hues. Her facial features are simplified, yet the expression is captured effectively through the economical use of line and shape. The artist’s brushwork is discernible, liberal in application, and emphasizes the flatness of the canvas while allowing the colors to dominate the form.

Henri Matisse’s approach in this work is indicative of his wider oeuvre during the Fauvist period, where he prioritized emotional expression over realistic representation, allowing the viewer to engage with the artwork beyond its mere figurative limitations.

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