Woman Reading at a Dressing Table (Interieur, Nice) (1919) by Henri Matisse

Woman Reading at a Dressing Table (Interieur, Nice) - Henri Matisse - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Reading at a Dressing Table (Interieur, Nice)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions74.6 x 61 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US

About Woman Reading at a Dressing Table (Interieur, Nice)

The artwork titled “Woman Reading at a Dressing Table (Interieur, Nice)” was crafted by the prominent artist Henri Matisse in 1919. This oil on canvas genre painting exemplifies the Expressionist movement through its vibrant use of color and loose brushwork. It measures 74.6 x 61 cm and currently resides within the collection of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, US.

In the artwork, the central figure of a woman is depicted engaged in the act of reading, seated at a dressing table. The surrounding interior is rendered with a bold palette that is characteristic of Matisse’s style, utilizing intense blues and purples to depict the space around the woman. The drapery of the curtains adds a textural contrast to the flatter areas of color that make up the walls and the outdoor view through the window. The presence of various toiletry items on the table, along with a large circular mirror, anchors the scene in the realm of the private and the personal. Matisse’s expressive use of paint conveys the intimacy of the moment and suggests the contemplative mood of the figure, while the open window invites the viewer’s eye to the world beyond, offering a glimpse of the outdoors and further enriching the narrative context of the depiction.

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