Apples (1916) by Henri Matisse

Apples - Henri Matisse - 1916

Artwork Information

ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions117 x 89 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About Apples

The artwork titled “Apples” is a creation of the renowned artist Henri Matisse, completed in the year 1916. It is executed in oil on canvas, measuring 117 by 89 centimeters. As a testament to Matisse’s contribution to Post-Impressionism, this work exemplifies the still life genre and is currently housed at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

The artwork presents a vibrant and colorful interpretation of a simple still life subject. It features a plate of apples, with the fruit rendered in a bold and expressive manner, suggestive of the artist’s Post-Impressionist style. The composition demonstrates Matisse’s adept use of color, employing a rich and varied palette. The plate is placed upon a table, and the perspective is such that the viewer looks down upon the still life, emphasizing the circular form of the plate and the rounded shapes of the apples. The background is divided with contrasting dark and light hues, creating a dynamic surface that accentuates the still life arrangement. Indeed, Matisse’s distinct brushwork and use of color result in a work that offers more than a mere representation of reality, inviting the audience to appreciate the interplay of form, color, and texture.

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