Dishes on a Table (1900) by Henri Matisse

Dishes on a Table - Henri Matisse - 1900

Artwork Information

TitleDishes on a Table
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Dishes on a Table

The artwork titled “Dishes on a Table” was created by Henri Matisse in 1900. This piece is a fine example of the Post-Impressionism movement and is executed in oil on canvas. It falls under the genre of still life and is currently housed at the Hermitage Museum, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The painting showcases a collection of objects positioned on a tabletop. The arrangement includes a pot, possibly for coffee or tea, which sits at the center alongside a saucer, paired with a banana appearing to be partially peeled. A bottle with a slender neck adds vertical interest to the composition, anchoring the right side of the canvas. Matisse employs a restrained color palette dominated by earthy tones, which suggest a warm, indoor setting. The backdrop is characterized by dark, muted tones, creating a contrast that draws attention to the objects on the table. His use of bold outlines and distinct color areas reflects the influence of the Post-Impressionist approach to form and space. Matisse’s brushwork provides texture and depth to the otherwise simple, everyday scene, inviting viewers to appreciate the stillness and quiet beauty of life’s ordinary moments captured through art.

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