La Blouse Roumaine

by henri matisse

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      Henri Matisse painted the captivating La Blouse Roumaine or The Romanian Blouse in 1940. Matisse was inspired by traditional Romanian clothes after receiving a collection of Romanian folk blouses as a gift from good friend Theodor Pallady, one of the most idolised Romanian painters of the time. During one of the darkest periods of war, when France was under occupation, Matisse painted La Blouse Roumaine as an antidote to the hardship of war, this reproduction represented optimism and hope in a otherwise war torn country. The richly embroidered Romanian blouse shows a rhythmic balance against the burnt red colour pigments and the luxurious full sleeves and showcases Matisse's signature minimalist depiction of the woman's face. La Blouse Roumaine engages a striking composition where the models head and skirt flow over the canvas edge, leaning to one side in a distinct heart shape pose. 
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The Artist


Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954) is one of the undisputed masters of 20th century art.  Matisse, a French artist, draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor but more prominently known as a painter.

Matisse is commonly regarded, alongside Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the arts throughout the opening decades of the 20th century.

By the 1920s Matisse was increasingly hailed as the pillar of classical French painting. His mastery and expressive use of colour and composition, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

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