description of Sarah Stein by Henri Matisse

This portrait painting, which measures two-and-a-half feet tall and under two feet wide, features the face of a woman framed by a high silver collar and a painted gold border. The woman looks straight at us with almond-sharped eyes, outlined in thick black paint. Her sharp chin and brown lips are similarly outlined, and thick black lines comprise her arching eyebrows and run down the length of her pointy nose. Her hair is round and coifed, extending beyond the painted gold border, and her skin has been rendered with distinct patches of tan, caramel, and grey-brown paint. The stiff stylized collar resembles a large V that begins on her chest beyond the lower border and extends behind her head to the top of the portrait. The golden edge of the canvas highlights hints of gold in the high collar and the woman’s skin.

Henri Matisse, Sarah Stein, 1916
Henri Matisse, Sarah Stein, 1916; oil on canvas, 28 1/2 in. x 22 1/4 in. (72.39 cm x 56.52 cm); Collection SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sarah and Michael Stein Memorial Collection, gift of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Sarah Stein
Artist name
Henri Matisse
Date created
1916
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
28 1/2 in. x 22 1/4 in. (72.39 cm x 56.52 cm)
Date acquired
1954
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sarah and Michael Stein Memorial Collection, gift of Elise S. Haas
Copyright
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/54.1117
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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