description of La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes) by Henri Matisse

This two foot tall, one-and-a-half foot wide oil portrait features a woman in an orange shawl and blue hat in front of a row of ceramics. The woman faces us, just to our left of center, wearing a pleasant but neutral expression. Her skin is pink, her lips are red, and her eyes are wide and teal green. Her long neck is covered with a tiered white turtleneck, and draped over her sloping shoulders is a bright orange shawl adorned with an indiscernible yellow image. Behind the woman, at the level of her head, are several ceramic pieces, rendered with the same focus and soft detail as the subject herself. To our left is an abstract piece, and to the right are tall decorative vases, all in blues ranging from icy to indigo. Despite the intense stare of the woman’s green eyes, the painting’s focus is shared by the multiple patterns, bright colors, and disparate design elements.

Henri Matisse, La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes), 1908
Henri Matisse, La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes), 1908; oil on canvas, 26 in. x 20 in. (66.04 cm x 50.8 cm); Collection SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Harriet Lane Levy; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Henri Matisse, La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes), 1908

Artwork Info

Artwork title
La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes)
Artist name
Henri Matisse
Date created
1908
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
26 in. x 20 in. (66.04 cm x 50.8 cm)
Date acquired
1950
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Harriet Lane Levy
Copyright
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/50.6086
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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