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The Purple Coat

by Henri Matisse

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The Purple Coat - Description

"The Purple Coat" by Henri Matisse explodes with bright, vibrant colors. The center of the image is taken up by a female figure with short, wavy hair wearing a purple, striped, wavy coat. She wears a white shirt and green, undulating pants. She is lying on a couch, dangerously tipped toward the viewer. This is an extremely colorful couch, with a yellow back (contrasting nicely with the purple jacket) and both green and red patterned fabric underneath the sitter's right arm. The left of the image is taken up with a green panel, with a leaf pattern printed on it, similar to the pattern in the wearer's clothes. The right of the panel contains a black background, with white and red flowers weaving and bobbing. Matisse was an avid collector of fabrics and textiles, and was known to keep many brightly colored swatches in his studio. He often called these fabrics his "working library" as they allowed him to experiment with color, contrast and lines in interesting ways in his paintings. They made wonderful exotic backgrounds. "The Purple Coat" also allowed Matisse to play with perspective. The model doesn't appear to be lying down or standing up, and the viewer struggles to look for a clear horizontal line. "The Purple Coat" is a playful expression of Matisse's love of color, textiles and patterns, and the movement and joy it contains is a true pleasure to view.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: The Purple Coat

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