Flowers in a Pitcher (1908) by Henri Matisse

Flowers in a Pitcher - Henri Matisse - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleFlowers in a Pitcher
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US

About Flowers in a Pitcher

The artwork “Flowers in a Pitcher” by Henri Matisse, created in 1908, represents a flower painting belonging to the Post-Impressionism movement. This oil on canvas piece can be found at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, United States. It encapsulates the transition in art from the naturalistic depictions of Impressionism to a more abstract aesthetic that characterizes early 20th-century art.

The artwork showcases Matisse’s exploratory use of color and form that were hallmarks of his innovative approach during the period. Dominated by a central figure of a pitcher, the canvas is filled with a range of vibrant and expressive flowers bursting from its mouth. The background and foreground feature brusque, loosely-defined strokes of pastel hues that complement and contrast the vivid floral arrangement. The representation of the pitcher and flowers is not strictly realistic but imbued with a sense of life and movement through Matisse’s distinct brushwork and bold color choices. The overall composition, while ostensibly a traditional still life, pulsates with a dynamism that pushes the boundaries of the genre and reflects the Post-Impressionist intent to evoke emotion rather than to merely copy nature.

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