Pineapple and Anemones (1940) by Henri Matisse

Pineapple and Anemones - Henri Matisse - 1940

Artwork Information

TitlePineapple and Anemones
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementExpressionism

About Pineapple and Anemones

The artwork “Pineapple and Anemones” is a still life oil on canvas painting by Henri Matisse, a masterful artist associated with the Expressionism movement. Completed in the year 1940, the painting measures 73 by 92 centimeters. This piece exemplifies Matisse’s keen interest in vibrant colors and the dynamic still life genre.

In “Pineapple and Anemones,” the viewer is presented with a composition that features a colorful array of objects arranged on a table. The central focus is a ripe pineapple, rendered with textural detail, placed in a dish and surrounded by segments of citrus fruit, possibly lemons or oranges. Nearby, there is a vase filled with anemones and other flowers. These floral elements are depicted with somewhat simplified, bold shapes, indicative of Matisse’s style. The background consists of broad leaves that add to the lushness of the scene, and the entire arrangement resides on a surface with a distinct orange hue. The setting is infused with a warm palette, where reds, yellows, and greens dominate, expressing a sense of vitality and the artist’s expressionistic inclination. The work stands as a testament to Matisse’s ability to transform a common still life scene into a celebration of color and form that resonates with emotional depth.

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