Woman with a Red Umbrella (1919) by Henri Matisse

Woman with a Red Umbrella - Henri Matisse - 1919

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TitleWoman with a Red Umbrella
ArtistHenri Matisse

About Woman with a Red Umbrella

The artwork titled “Woman with a Red Umbrella” is a genre painting by artist Henri Matisse, created in 1919. The painting exhibits characteristics of Matisse’s style, with vivid colors and bold brushstrokes, inviting viewers to interpret everyday life.

In the artwork, one can observe a scene that is likely set indoors with a view through an open window or doorway. The composition presents a female figure poised in what seems to be a moment of departure or arrival, holding a red umbrella against a backdrop exhibiting a bright blue sky. The elements within the room include patterned textiles such as striped fabric on the floor, which could be a carpet or a mat, and curtains with rich, saturated hues adding to the sense of depth and dimension. The style is not strictly realistic but rather expressive, with the use of color and form to capture a snapshot of life. The painting combines indoor and outdoor elements, merging domestic interior space with the vastness of the outdoors, which Matisse often explored in his works.

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