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Lorette in Green Robe

by Henri Matisse

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Lorette in Green Robe - Description

Laurette in a Green Robe (Black Background) was painted by Henri Matisse as part of a series he created with the same model. He painted at least 25 pictures of the Italian model, Laurette, between 1916 and 1917. The model occasionally dressed in exotic clothing and headgear for her sittings, allowing Matisse to express his love of bright colors and native themes. Matisse considered portrait painting a special art, saying, The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, and an almost total kinship with the model (source: http://www.artquotes.net/masters/matisse_quotes.htm). In Laurette in a Green Robe (Black Background), we see the model in a rare moment of repose. She appears to be sleeping between sittings, resting in a plush robe (and likely nothing else). Her face is painted in a Cubist style, with two separate perspectives at play at the same time. While the model is definitely seated in a chair, the feet of the chair appear to float in space, and no background appears behind the chair. The green of the robe contrasts beautifully with the pink of the chair and the black of the background. Contrasts and bright colors were very important to Matisse, and his loves are given free reign in Laurette in a Green Robe (Black Background).

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Lorette in Green Robe

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Portraits
Style: Abstract
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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