description of Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat) by Henri Matisse

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.

Henri Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905
Henri Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905; oil on canvas, 31 3/4 in. x 23 1/2 in. (80.65 cm x 59.69 cm); Collection SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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
1905
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
31 3/4 in. x 23 1/2 in. (80.65 cm x 59.69 cm)
Date acquired
1991
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Elise S. Haas
Copyright
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/91.161
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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