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Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, the Artist's Secretary

by Henri Matisse

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Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, the Artist's Secretary - Description

In 1947, Henri Matisse was taking his art to new and unexpected places. He had undergone a bout with cancer in 1941 and, after healing, had found his artistic vision awakened and changed. Matisse moved from portraying representational forms to dealing in complete abstraction, letting color, line and contrast do the talking. In "Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, the Artist's Secretary," Matisse puts these theories to use on a standard portrait. A woman looks out on the viewer, framed by a red background. Her hair is rendered in two tones of green, half in shadow and half in light. This placement of light and shadow is reversed in the figure's face: half is in a blue shadow and half in bright yellow. Her features are rendered geometrically: her hairline forms a pyramid. The angles of her blouse and her shoulders contain yet more triangles. The brushstrokes are heavy and easily seen in "Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, the Artist's Secretary," giving the painting a sense of movement and urgency. Lydia Delectorskaya cared for Matisse, and modeled for him, during his struggle with cancer and his subsequent artistic rebirth. Her expression in this painting is caring and open, while remaining enigmatic. "Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, the Artist's Secretary," is an abstract painting, in that there is no attempt to paint the model realistically, however it is obvious that the model and the artist cared for one another. The emotion truly does peek through.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, the Artist's Secretary

Original Artist: Henri Matisse
Subject: Portraits
Style: Abstract
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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