Woman With a Book (1919) by Henri Matisse

Woman With a Book - Henri Matisse - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleWoman With a Book
ArtistHenri Matisse

About Woman With a Book

The artwork titled “Woman With a Book” was created by Henri Matisse in 1919. It is a work that falls within the genre of interior scene paintings, which typically capture the essence of interior spaces and often include human subjects within these settings.

The artwork depicts an intimate interior space with a woman as the focal point. She is seated, bent forward in a thoughtful pose, engrossed in a book she holds in her hands. The woman is dressed in a colorful striped garment which provides a vibrant contrast to the more subdued tones of her surroundings. Around her, the room is depicted with a loose, expressive style characteristic of Matisse’s later work. The composition includes an open French door, through which one can observe a balcony overlooking a seascape with small figures in the distance. The indoor space is also adorned with patterned curtains and the edge of an ornamental rug or blanket, adding to the richness of the visual texture. Matisse’s brushwork suggests the play of light within the room, which further animates the scene. Notably, the perspective is playfully skewed, and the use of color and form creates a vibrant tension between flatness and depth.

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