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  • Woman in Green

    Artist:
    Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    65x54 cm

Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954

Woman in Green

France, 1909

Also known as "Woman with a Red Carnation", this work was painted in the summer of 1909 during a stay in Provence, in the south of France. Scholars have had no difficulty identifying the sitter - who appears in a number of works created that summer - in this clear portrait likeness: the straight back and slender neck, the confident holding of the head, the pointed oval of the face. But this painting is not intended to be a portrait; the emphasis is on the supra-individual, something far beyond the sitter's character, and thus, ignoring the sitter's identity, the painting bears a neutral title, "Woman in Green". The profound, intense, complex green colour is not simply decorative, it arouses a sense of the cool of the watery depths and of dense vegetation, it becomes the embodiment of mystery and life. Yet the magic of the dominant green cannot prevent us from perceiving the human figure, firmly and simply outlined, totally enclosed within itself. The young woman is calm, majestic and a little mysterious, her bottomless black eyes looking rather into themselves than at us. On the light green blouse, dead in the centre of the painting, burns the sole bright patch, the red carnation.

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Woman in Green

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oil

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65x54 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1930; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Sergei Shchukin collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-6519

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Copyrights: © Succession H. Matisse

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