Pansies on a Table (1919) by Henri Matisse

Pansies on a Table - Henri Matisse - 1919

Artwork Information

TitlePansies on a Table
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions49 x 45 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Pansies on a Table

The artwork “Pansies on a Table” by Henri Matisse, created in 1919, is an exemplar of the Post-Impressionist movement. Measuring 49 by 45 centimeters, this still life captures the essence of the subject matter through expressive color and form.

In analyzing the artwork, one is immediately drawn to the vivid portrayal of pansies arranged in a glass vase, which rests on a table. The composition features a bold use of color and loose brushwork, characteristics of Matisse’s style, which allow for an interplay of light and shadow on the flowers and the tabletop. The background of the artwork is dominated by a cool palette, displaying decorative patterns that contrast with the warmth of the brown table and the organic shapes of the pansies. The juxtaposition of these elements creates a dynamic tension within the piece, inviting viewers to explore the balance between two-dimensional pattern and three-dimensional space.

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