Interior with Black Fern (1948) by Henri Matisse

Interior with Black Fern - Henri Matisse - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleInterior with Black Fern
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions117 x 89.9 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Interior with Black Fern

“Interior with Black Fern” is a notable artwork by Henri Matisse, created in 1948. This oil on canvas painting belongs to the Expressionism movement and measures 117 x 89.9 cm. Known for its genre of interior scenes, this piece is part of a private collection, reflecting Matisse’s fascination with the domestic and his ability to imbue such spaces with vivid color and dynamic patterns.

The artwork presents a vibrant interior scene distinguished by bold and expressive use of color, a hallmark of Matisse’s style. In the foreground, a seated figure, rendered in pale hues, sits contemplating or perhaps resting. The figure is positioned against a background of a deeply saturated red wall, which serves as a striking contrast to the cooler tones in the figure’s attire. To the left, a potted black fern in a patterned vessel occupies a prominent space on a round table, with its leaves energetically stretching out towards the red backdrop, adding a sense of life and movement to the composition.

The underlying geometry of the room is articulated through the juxtaposition of the red wall tiles and the complex yellow and black pattern of the floor, which creates a sense of depth and draws the viewer’s eye through the various planes of the space. A vase containing a bright cluster of flowers sits on the adjacent surface, while a dark, cylindrical object—perhaps another container—balances the composition on the right.

Overall, the artwork is a celebration of pattern and color, offering a glimpse into an intimate, personal space that is at once static and alive with Matisse’s expressive execution.

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