Interior with Etruscan Vase (1940) by Henri Matisse

Interior with Etruscan Vase - Henri Matisse - 1940

Artwork Information

TitleInterior with Etruscan Vase
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions73.5 x 108 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationCleveland Museum of Art (CMA), Cleveland, OH, US

About Interior with Etruscan Vase

Henri Matisse’s “Interior with Etruscan Vase,” dated 1940, is an exemplar of the Expressionism art movement. This genre painting, with dimensions 73.5 by 108 cm, conveys more than the mere appearance of the scene; it captures the emotional experience of the subject. The artwork is preserved in the prestigious collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

The artwork portrays a vibrant interior scene rich with contrasting patterns and colors. Central to the composition is a figure seated behind a table, her thoughtful gaze directed away from the viewer, adding to the introspective nature of the work. The interior space is filled with decorative elements that include a striking Etruscan vase, richly adorned with classical motifs, and prominently positioned on the right side of the canvas. The background features an assortment of plant life that breathes vitality and organic contrast into the composition. The use of bold outlines and expressive brushwork are typical of Matisse’s style, synthesizing form and color to convey mood and atmosphere. The flat planes of color juxtaposed with the intricate designs on both the woman’s clothing and the surrounding d├ęcor underscore the Expressionist interest in abstracted form and psychological depth, bringing forward Matisse’s unique ability to balance color and form with emotional resonance.

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