Branch of Lillacs (1914) by Henri Matisse

Branch of Lillacs - Henri Matisse - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleBranch of Lillacs
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions146 x 97 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Branch of Lillacs

The artwork entitled “Branch of Lilacs” is a creation by the renowned artist Henri Matisse, dating back to the year 1914. This piece is a classic example of the Post-Impressionist movement, which emphasized abstract qualities and symbolic content. The painting stands at 146 cm tall and 97 cm wide and falls under the genre of flower painting. Currently, it is housed within a private collection.

The artwork depicts a vibrant and loose arrangement of lilac blossoms rendered in a palette that showcases Matisse’s characteristic use of bold colors and expressive brushwork. The lilacs are set in a vase, which occupies the central portion of the composition. The background is executed with broad, sweeping brushstrokes, establishing a contrast that allows the softly contoured petals of the flowers to stand out. A distinct aspect of the painting is its inclusion of a small figure and what appears to be a shell, adding an intriguing, personal touch to the otherwise nature-focused subject. The overall composition balances the real with the abstract, capturing the essence of Post-Impressionism, where color and form convey more importance than a realistic representation.

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