Interior with a top hat (1896) by Henri Matisse

Interior with a top hat - Henri Matisse - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleInterior with a top hat
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions80 x 95 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Interior with a top hat

The artwork entitled “Interior with a top hat” by Henri Matisse dates back to 1896 and is an oil on canvas painting belonging to the Realism art movement. Measuring 80 by 95 cm, this interior genre painting is currently held in a private collection. Matisse, who would later become a leading figure in modern art, presents a scene that captures the stillness intrinsic to private spaces.

The painting is a composed interior scene characterized by a dimly lit room furnished with domestic items that impart a lived-in quality. Dominant in the center is a wooden table cluttered with assorted objects—a white vase, a top hat, oil lamps with discernible colors, and what appear to be books and papers, suggesting a space associated with intellectual or creative endeavors. Behind the table stands a chair of the time period, angled towards the viewer, inviting them in. The walls are adorned with framed artworks, which add a layer of depth to the composition, suggesting the inhabitant’s aesthetic or cultural interests. On the right, a round mirror reflects the obscured impression of a room, while a soft shadow hints at unseen sources of light. The overall tonality of the artwork is somber, with a palette dominated by browns, dark greens, and muted whites, evoking an intimate atmosphere.

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