|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Location||Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen|
|Dimensions||15.9 in × 12.8 in|
|40.50 cm × 32.5 cm|
In 1905, Matisse painted a unique oil and tempera painting of his wife, Amelia. The infamous green stripe creates a shadow line down her oval face. The divide provides an illusion of a dark and light side, causing the colors to play off of each other.
Henry Matisse and works such as the Green Stripe will forever be etched in the world of innovative art. His paintings, drawings and portraits will continue to influence the modern art of today.
Matisse began his career as an artist in 1889 and studied at the Academie Julian in Paris. After a dismal start in art school his early works were stills and landscapes with a dark palette. After a meeting with artist John Peter Russell, Matisse was introduced to color and his world forever changed.
Henry Matisse is unarguably one of the most iconic figures in art history. His unique style and use of bold colors has provided inspiration to many artists that have come after him. Born in 1869, Matisse later moved to Paris to begin his artistic career and began filling his collection with innovative works of art.