Young Girl in a Green Dress (1921) by Henri Matisse

Young Girl in a Green Dress - Henri Matisse - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Girl in a Green Dress
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions65 x 55 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young Girl in a Green Dress

The artwork “Young Girl in a Green Dress” is a creation of the esteemed artist Henri Matisse, dated to 1921. This oil on canvas painting belongs to the Post-Impressionist movement and is categorized within the genre painting tradition. The dimensions of the work are 65 by 55 centimeters. As of the last known information, this piece is held in a private collection, suggesting its exclusivity and possible personal value to the owner.

The artwork depicts a young girl positioned adjacent to a window, her back leaning against the wall as she gazes outward past the viewer, imparting a sense of contemplation or distant thought. She is adorned in a vivid green dress that stands out against the interior setting, its color resonating with the life and foliage hinted beyond the interior. The open window bathes the room in natural light, which highlights her features and the varied textures within the room—from the ornate patterning on the balustrade in front of her to the bold, floral design on the carpet beneath her feet.

Matisse’s use of color is manifest in the bright and contrasting hues that characterize the painting, a hallmark trait of his works and of Post-Impressionist ideals where emotion and personal response are elevated over realistic depiction. There’s a fluidity and abstraction in the brushstrokes that border on expressive simplicity, allowing the viewer to focus on the interplay of color and the emotional ambiance rather than intricate detail.

Form and space are simplified and stylized; for example, the balustrade and the vase with flowers are depicted with minimal detail but are instantly recognizable through their essential forms and the characteristic manner of Matisse’s brushwork. This approach emphasizes the two-dimensional quality of the canvas, which is another distinctive aspect of the Post-Impressionist movement, where artists often experimented with new ways of representing three-dimensional space on a flat surface.

Overall, the artwork conveys a sense of serene elegance, with an undercurrent of Modernist exploration that Matisse and his contemporaries were known for during the pivotal changes in art at the beginning of the 20th century.

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