Woman with a Hat by Henri Matisse

Title: Woman with a Hat
Date: 1905
Movement: Fauvism
Media: Oil on canvas
Current Location: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA

This image of the artist’s wife attacked portraiture. Amelie’s pose and dress are typical of the time, but Matisse roughly applied brilliant colours across her face, clothing, and the background. When Matisse sent the painting to the 1905 Salon d’Automne it shocked his contemporaries., however, Leo Stein bought it for the importance it would have to modern painting.

Artist: Henri Matisse
Date of Birth: 31 December 1869, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
Nationality: French
Died: 3 November 1954, Nice, France

Matisse is regarded as the greatest colourist of the 20th century and rivalled Picasso in the importance of his innovations. As a Post-Impressionist and leader of the Fauvism movement he sought to use colour as the foundation for expressive, decorative, and monumental paintings. Throughout his career still life and the nude were his favoured subjects with North Africa as an important inspiration.

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