Blue Pot and Lemon (1897) by Henri Matisse

Blue Pot and Lemon - Henri Matisse - 1897

Artwork Information

TitleBlue Pot and Lemon
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Blue Pot and Lemon

Henri Matisse’s “Blue Pot and Lemon,” a still life painted in 1897, is an oil on canvas artwork reflective of the Impressionism movement. The piece is currently housed at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It illustrates Matisse’s engagement with the Impressionist style, characterized by loose brushstrokes and a keen perception of light and color that capture a momentary sense of the subject.

The artwork features an array of objects arranged on a surface that appears to be a table. At the center, a blue ceramic pot draws the viewer’s attention with its robust form and texture. Surrounding the pot are fruits, primarily lemons, their bright yellow hues offering a vibrant contrast to the muted tones of the background. To the right of the pot lies what seems to be a piece of garlic, with a white husk that captures the light, while the scattered leaves add an organic touch to the composition.

Matisse’s application of paint is evident in the visible brushstrokes that build up the forms and textures of the objects as well as the surface they rest upon. The background is treated with equal attention, with the variation of tones suggesting a light source emanating from the upper left, perhaps indicative of window light. The overall atmosphere is one of peaceful domesticity, an intimate glance into a serene, everyday moment. The choice of objects, along with the play of light and shadow, offers a glimpse into the artist’s particular interest in exploring the simple beauties found within a domestic setting through the use of color and form.

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