Peaches (1920) by Henri Matisse

Peaches - Henri Matisse - 1920

Artwork Information

ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Peaches

The artwork titled “Peaches,” created by artist Henri Matisse in 1920, is an oil on canvas that belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement and falls within the genre of still life. As of my last update, it is held in a private collection. The artwork is characteristic of Matisse’s style during this period, displaying a vibrant interplay of color and a loose yet confident handling of paint, elements that are emblematic of Post-Impressionistic works.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a composition showcasing a bowl of peaches. The bowl, positioned in the center of the canvas, rests on a white fabric that is draped over a surface patterned with a yellow and brown grid-like design. The bold outlines and dramatic contrasts created by the various hues depict the roundness of the peaches and the folds in the fabric. The background features dark green foliage, which gives depth to the scene and forms a chromatic counterpart to the bright foreground, together producing a harmonious and balanced image. The painting, through its simplified forms and emphasis on structure, captures the essence of its subjects in a manner that is distinctive of Matisse’s transition into modernism.

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