Dishes and Fruit on a Red and Black Carpet (1901) by Henri Matisse

Dishes and Fruit on a Red and Black Carpet - Henri Matisse - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleDishes and Fruit on a Red and Black Carpet
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Dishes and Fruit on a Red and Black Carpet

“Dishes and Fruit on a Red and Black Carpet” is a captivating still life masterpiece by the esteemed artist Henri Matisse, completed in 1901. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Matisse’s work exemplifies the sensibilities of the Post-Impressionist movement. This exquisite piece is currently housed within the esteemed collection of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The artwork itself showcases a vibrant assembly of everyday objects arranged on a red and black carpet that provides a vivid backdrop for the composition. At the forefront are various dishes: a bowl with a floral design, along with what appears to be a plate or shallow dish directly behind it, which starkly contrast against the depth of the carpet’s colors. A fruit-filled bowl brimming with oranges takes a central position, accompanied by a solitary apple and pear, their shapes rendered with Matisse’s characteristic blend of realism and abstraction. A jug with a prominent yellow neck and orange body anchors the left side of the canvas, juxtaposing its tall form against the round shapes of the dishes and fruit.

Matisse’s palette is rich with contrasting hues, with the cooler blues and purples of the shadows complementing the warmth of the oranges and reds, creating a harmonious balance. His brushwork is expressive and loose, allowing the colors to merge slightly, which gives the painting a dynamic and energetic quality. The interplay of light and dark areas, along with the textured application of paint, adds depth and movement to the scene, inviting the viewer to consider the beauty in the simplicity of the objects. Overall, the artwork is a testament to Matisse’s skill in capturing the essence of his subjects through vivid color and bold composition.

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