Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Woman in a Purple Coat

"Woman in a Purple Coat" is an oil on canvas painting done in 1937 by Henri Matisse. The woman in the picture is supposed to be Matisse's assistant and companion Lydia Delectorskaya. this painting is an example of his mature decorative style. Lydia is shown in an exotic Moroccan costume, surrounded by a complex of abstract design and exotic color. This is an example of one of the final groups of oil paintings in Matisse's career, in 1950 he stopped painting oil paintings in favor of creating paper cutouts. the reason i chose this painting is because it is one of Matisse's last paintings and although his arthritis was taking a toll on him, his talent still remains. i love the colors in this painting and especially how the purple coat stands out from the rest of the painting.

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