• Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

    Artist:
    Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    64,5x49,5 cm

Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954

Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

France, 1947

Matisse painted this portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya eight years after the Young Woman in a Blue Blouse (also in the Hermitage). We no longer see the captivating charm of youth and tenderness. Here the harsh line which divides the face into planes of yellow and blue makes the image something mysterious and inevitable. The bright sunny side of the face and its mysterous blue alter-ego are like light and shade, the eternal contrasts which lie within the human soul. Combined, these two colours give birth to the green of the luxuriant hair which forms a marvellous crown on the woman's head. Through the use of colour contrasts and ornamental expressiveness, the artist with deceptive simplicity conveys the unusual nature of this model, who so captivated him over the last years of his life.

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Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

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oil

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64,5x49,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1967; a gift from L.N. Delektorskaya, Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-10023

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Copyrights: © Succession H. Matisse

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