La gerbe (1953) by Henri Matisse

La gerbe - Henri Matisse - 1953

Artwork Information

TitleLa gerbe
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions294 x 350 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationHammer Museum ( University of California), Los Angeles, CA, US

About La gerbe

The artwork entitled “La gerbe” is a creation of the renowned artist Henri Matisse, completed in the year 1953. The medium utilized for this composition is paper gouache, channeling the aesthetic principles of Abstract Expressionism. Spanning dimensions of 294 by 350 centimeters, the piece is categorized under the figurative genre. Presently, “La gerbe” is housed within the confines of the Hammer Museum, which is affiliated with the University of California, located in Los Angeles, CA, United States.

“La gerbe” presents a vibrant array of leaf-like shapes artistically arranged against a stark, white background, reminiscent of a bouquet or sheaf as its title suggests. Matisse’s expert use of color and form manifests in cut-outs of various hues, including blues, blacks, reds, greens, yellows, and oranges, which are distributed throughout the composition in a balanced, yet dynamic fashion. This late work of Matisse, done not long before his passing, showcases his continued innovation and vigor in exploring the boundaries of visual expression, even during the later stages of his career. These cut-out pieces have been meticulously arranged to create an engaging rhythm and bring about a sense of movement, while concurrently adhering to an underlying sense of harmony and unity. The use of gouache on paper reveals Matisse’s commitment to experimentation with materials and forms, and the resulting artwork is a testament to his mastery of the visual arts and his lasting impact on the abstraction movement.

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