Le Tabac Royal (1943) by Henri Matisse

Le Tabac Royal - Henri Matisse - 1943

Artwork Information

TitleLe Tabac Royal
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About Le Tabac Royal

The artwork “Le Tabac Royal” is a genre painting created by the artist Henri Matisse in the year 1943. This piece is recognized as part of the Expressionist movement, capturing the essence of the interior scene before us in a vivid and emotionally resonant manner.

Within the artwork, we are presented with a vibrantly colored composition featuring an interior scene. At the center stands a figure, a woman seated at a table, which holds a vase of flowers and a prominently displayed sign reading “TABAC ROYAL.” Her posture is relaxed and contemplative, legs crossed and elbows resting on the table, her head supported by her hands. Around the figure and the table, the room is decorated with rich patterns and contrasting colors, from the bold yellow door in the background to the geometrically patterned fabrics.

The room is alive with color and varying textures, creating a dynamic but comforting domestic space. To the right, a mandolin rests upon a blue chair, with sheet music, hinting at the presence of music or leisure in the environment. The walls are adorned with decorative elements, adding to the eclectic yet harmonious ambiance of the setting. The use of striking color contrasts and simplified forms reflects Matisse’s expressionist inclination, emphasizing mood and atmosphere over true-to-life replication. The overall effect is one of intimate domesticity infused with a sense of artistic vibrancy and emotional depth.

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