<p>Loose, sketchy brushstrokes and unnatural, vibrant colors are the defining features of this two foot wide, three-and-a-half foot tall oil portrait. The subject is a seated woman, depicted from the waist up, who sits in profile, but turns to face us with a stern expression. She wears an elaborate hat piled high with swatches of blue, burnt orange, and green, and holds an open fan in her gloved hand. Her face features patches of yellow, turquoise, and pink, and her nose and forehead are marked with thick green lines. While the woman has been rendered, in part, with thick smears of paint and heavy brushstrokes, the background is composed of muted blotches of pastel greens, violets, pinks, and yellows that appear to have been created with a nearly dry paintbrush.</p>
Henri Matisse
Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat)
Artist name
Henri Matisse
Date created
oil on canvas
31 3/4 in. x 23 1/2 in. (80.65 cm x 59.69 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Elise S. Haas
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now.

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