Woman in Profile (Turned to the Left) (1935) by Henri Matisse

Woman in Profile (Turned to the Left) - Henri Matisse - 1935

Artwork Information

TitleWoman in Profile (Turned to the Left)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Woman in Profile (Turned to the Left)

The artwork titled “Woman in Profile (Turned to the Left)” is a creation of the famed artist Henri Matisse from the year 1935. Rendered in pencil, this piece is a sketch and study that reflects the Post-Impressionism movement, an era known for its bold colors and distinct brush strokes, although being a pencil sketch, such characteristics are not directly exhibited in this artwork.

The artwork presents a simplistic yet eloquent depiction of a woman’s profile, turned to the left. Matisse’s mastery in reducing forms to their essential lines is evident, capturing the grace and essence of the female form with minimal strokes. The lines flow smoothly to delineate the woman’s facial features, such as the gently curved forehead, the arching eyebrow, the line of the nose, and the contour of the lips, chin, and neck. The hair is styled in a way that complements the organic flow of the lines, forming curls that echo the gentle curves found throughout the sketch. The woman’s facial expression is serene, evoking a sense of peaceful contemplation. The background of the artwork is devoid of detail, which places the full focus on the fluidity and simplicity of the subject’s profile.

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