Moorish Screen (1921) by Henri Matisse

Moorish Screen - Henri Matisse - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleMoorish Screen
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions91 x 74 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, US

About Moorish Screen

The artwork titled “Moorish Screen” was crafted by Henri Matisse in 1921. This oil on canvas painting represents the Post-Impressionism movement. With dimensions of 91 x 74 cm, it falls under the genre painting category and is housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The artwork depicts an interior scene that is vibrant and richly decorated. Two figures, presumably female, are present within the ornate environment. The standing figure seems to be engaged in an everyday domestic task, imbued with a sense of grace and poise. The seated figure conveys a relaxed demeanor, possibly engrossed in the act of reading. The background is adorned with a screen that features Moorish design elements, as suggested by the title, characterized by intricate geometric and floral patterns. This screen dominates the composition and adds an exotic flair to the room, providing a window into Matisse’s fascination with North African art and culture. The foreground is occupied by boldly patterned textiles and a round table with objects casually strewn upon it. Matisse’s use of contrasting patterns and colors creates a lively yet harmonious atmosphere, showcasing his masterful ability to blend form with decorative elements.

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