The image below marks a shift in Matisse’s work. prior to this he focused on colorful patterning throughout his pieces. The Portrait of Yvonne Landsberg was created in 1914, at the height of WWI. Having returned from Morocco the year before, Matisse was met with the dark realities of the eminent war. He worked with darker hues primarily using blacks and greys.
during this period Matisse was also interested in letting the public into the painters process. He was no longer concerned with hiding the grid lines and markers artists use to set up their compositions. The sketch like brush strokes surrounding the figure of Yvonne play with this idea of process, mimicking the possible sketch marks created in the construction of the piece.