Flowers on the windowsill (1912 – 1913) by Henri Matisse

Flowers on the windowsill - Henri Matisse - 1912 - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleFlowers on the windowsill
ArtistHenri Matisse
Date1912 - 1913
Dimensions146 x 97 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Flowers on the windowsill

The artwork titled “Flowers on the Windowsill” was created by the esteemed artist Henri Matisse between 1912 and 1913. This piece of art falls under the flower painting genre and is rendered in oil on canvas, embracing the Post-Impressionism movement’s characteristics. The dimensions of the piece are 146 by 97 centimeters. It is currently housed in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Upon examining the artwork, one can observe a vase of flowers positioned on a windowsill, with the blooms portrayed in a languid, organic manner, so emblematic of Matisse’s style. The brushstrokes vary across the composition, adding texture and depth to the artwork. The artist utilizes a palette that juxtaposes vibrant whites, which likely represent the flowers, against a range of blues, purples, and earthy tones in the background, creating a contrast that draws the viewer’s eye towards the floral subject.

The scene beyond the window suggests an outdoor setting which, while abstract, could be interpreted as foliage or trees. The painting balances both the representation of the interior space with the vase and the glance towards the exterior world, a duality that entices contemplation. The boldness of the colors and the flat application of paint reflect Matisse’s exploration of color as a means of composition and expression. This artwork embodies the departure from traditional representation seen in Post-Impressionism, focusing on the emotional resonance of shapes and hues over the fidelity to realistic forms.

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