Young Woman on a Divan. Black Ribbon (1922) by Henri Matisse

Young Woman on a Divan. Black Ribbon - Henri Matisse - 1922

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Woman on a Divan. Black Ribbon
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Young Woman on a Divan. Black Ribbon

The artwork “Young Woman on a Divan. Black Ribbon” was created by Henri Matisse in 1922. This piece is associated with the Fauvism art movement and is categorized within the genre painting genre. The work embodies the Fauvist style’s characteristic use of color and simplified forms.

In the artwork, there is a portrayal of a reclining young woman situated on a divan. Her posture is relaxed and contemplative as she leans her cheek against her hand. The attire of the figure includes a dress with a black ribbon that draws attention to the composition’s focal point, her face. Notably, the piece features a striking use of colors with broad and vibrant brushstrokes. The backdrop of the scene is composed of a wall covered with decorative patterns and a window revealing blue, possibly representing the sky or the outdoors. The surrounding environment is adorned with flowers set upon a small table, contributing to an atmosphere of domestic tranquility. Matisse’s skillful application of color to convey emotion and atmosphere is evident in this work, reflecting his prominence within the Fauvism movement and his influential approach to modern art.

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