Pineapple in a Basket (1926) by Henri Matisse

Pineapple in a Basket - Henri Matisse - 1926

Artwork Information

TitlePineapple in a Basket
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism,Expressionism

About Pineapple in a Basket

The artwork titled “Pineapple in a Basket” is a still life created by the artist Henri Matisse in 1926. It is associated with the art movements of Fauvism and Expressionism, which are known for their bold use of color and representation of emotional response.

The artwork presents a vivid portrayal of a pineapple nestled within a basket. The composition is marked by the use of intense and vibrant colors characteristic of Fauvism, where hues do not necessarily reflect reality but are used expressively. The texture of the brushwork and the dynamic contrasts between the colors amplify the sensation of the pineapple’s rough exterior against the softer, fibrous material of the basket and the abstracted space around the objects. The background is rendered in a minimalistic fashion, providing a stark backdrop that draws attention to the central subject. Matisse’s approach captures not just the visual likeness but also evokes the tactile qualities of the pineapple and its setting, embodying an expressive quality typical of Expressionism.

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