Woman with a Hat was painted in 1905, which was the painting that made French Fauvism representative Henri Matisse famous. This work depicted a portrait of a woman’s back. Here Matisse aggressively abandoned the snap in the form and put the pigment indiscriminately on the screen. Not only the background and hat, but also the woman’s face and appearance, were in bold green and red brushwork to trace the outline.
In the autumn salon of 1905, Matisse exhibited a portrait of his wife, entitled
Woman with a Hat. This was the early Fauvism work of Matisse and also the most representative work of Fauvism, which caused a great sensation. In the painting, the strong colors directly out of the paint tubes did not represent the real objects existing in reality, but through the painter’s own visual experience of processing their characters to cause the vibration of the viewers’ retina, to establish a new painting criterion that was different from the tradition.
Woman with a Hat was the early work of Matisse. We could see that based on the realism, his attempts were made to an impulse. The various color paints that were applied to the woman’s face, clothes and hat were a bit stiff, but his determination was overweeningly ambitious. This was the innovation, which made an innovation to the realism and impression and created new forms. He gradually knew the bright colors could restore the passion of life, arouse people’s desire, and sublimate to the ideal realm filled with joy.