Woman with the Hat
Artist: HENRI MATISSE
The woman with the hat is a fauvist painting depicting the artists wife, Amelie. It was painted along with many other similar paintings by other artists now known as the Fauves, or Fauvists. The Fauvists rejected the normal use of color for imitation, and instead used color to get an emotional reaction. To the critics, they used the color arbitrarily and "like beasts". The painters that were a part of the Fauvist movement were after expression above all else. The Woman with the Hat appeared to the critics of the time, as unfinished, with a sketchy look. But the artist did wan the look that the critics liked, and instead went for abstract use of color.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was chosen to represent the Fauvist movement, as well as show the characteristics associated with the movement. This painting in particular is important out of all the other Fauvist paintings because of its abstract use of color, and because it represents the highlight of the movement when critics first critiqued the paintings.