Moroccan Café (1912 – 1913) by Henri Matisse

Moroccan Café - Henri Matisse - 1912 - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleMoroccan Café
ArtistHenri Matisse
Date1912 - 1913
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Moroccan Café

The artwork “Moroccan Café” was created by Henri Matisse between 1912 and 1913. It is a representation of the Fauvism art movement, characterized by its use of bold, vibrant colors and its departure from realistic values. Matisse’s piece falls under the genre painting category, which depicts scenes of everyday life. The painting is part of the collection at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

“Moroccan Café” portrays a stylized scene that captures the essence of a café in Morocco. The composition is marked by a dominance of cool tones, with a distinct use of lavender and blue hues to define the forms and space within the café. Figures appear simplified and abstracted, seated and reclining in a casual manner, which reflects the laid-back atmosphere of the setting. Matisse employs a flat application of color, avoiding intricate details to focus on the interplay between hues and shapes. The background features arches that suggest a sense of architectural space, while the foreground has a tabletop with a bowl and flowers. The border is adorned with a pattern of soft-colored circles, framing the central composition and enhancing its decorative quality. Overall, the artwork exudes a sense of tranquility and leisure, characteristic of Matisse’s works from his time in Morocco.

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