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Woman with a Hat

Henri Matisse

Woman with a Hat

Henri Matisse
  • Original Title: Femme au Chapeau
  • Date: 1905
  • Style: Fauvism
  • Genre: portrait
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Order Oil Painting
    reproduction

Matisse attacked conventional portraiture with this image of his wife. Amelie's pose and dress are typical for the day, but Matisse roughly applied brilliant color across her face, hat, dress, and even the background. This shocked his contemporaries when he sent the picture to the 1905 Salon d'Automne. Leo Stein called it, "the nastiest smear of paint I had ever seen," yet he and Gertrude bought it for the importance they knew it would have to modern painting.

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