Woman with Umbrella (1920) by Henri Matisse

Woman with Umbrella - Henri Matisse - 1920

Artwork Information

TitleWoman with Umbrella
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Woman with Umbrella

The artwork titled “Woman with Umbrella” is a portrait created by Henri Matisse in 1920, grounded in the Post-Impressionism art movement. Henri Matisse, known for his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship, crafted this work which exemplifies his skill in portraiture, a genre that he often explored throughout his prolific career.

In the artwork, one observes a woman seated, holding an umbrella that is resting upon her shoulder. The umbrella, with its striking pinkish-red hue, stands out against a blue sky, imparting a vibrant contrast. The palm tree and landscape in the background hint at an outdoor, possibly Mediterranean setting, which Matisse was known to be fond of. The woman’s attire is casual and light, adorned with floral patterns that echo elements of nature surrounding her. Her facial features, while simplified, convey an air of contemplative ease. The brushstrokes are loose and expressive, a hallmark of the Post-Impressionist style that sought to go beyond the optical to express emotion and subjective experience. Matisse’s application of color is loose and non-realist, contributing to the overall impression of a harmonious, serene, and somewhat dreamlike composition.

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