Red Interior. Still Life on a Blue Table (1947) by Henri Matisse

Red Interior. Still Life on a Blue Table - Henri Matisse - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleRed Interior. Still Life on a Blue Table
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions116 x 89 cm
Art MovementExpressionism

About Red Interior. Still Life on a Blue Table

The artwork titled “Red Interior. Still Life on a Blue Table” was created by the artist Henri Matisse in the year 1947. This artwork, which measures 116 x 89 cm, belongs to the Expressionism movement and is categorically an interior genre. Although it is mentioned alongside “The Dance,” this work is not part of a series by that name but rather stands independent within Matisse’s oeuvre.

The artwork depicts a vibrant scene dominated by a powerful red background with patterns suggesting a wallpaper or decorated wall. A blue table occupies the foreground, on which rests a white tray filled with red objects resembling fruit. The distinctively styled elements, such as the vase with greenery and the lemon-yellow depiction of a human profile on a circular field to the left, exhibit Matisse’s idiosyncratic approach to form and color. A window is present on the right side, showcasing a view of lush greenery intermingled with bursts of yellow and blue, possibly indicating flowers or the light filtering through them. The use of bold colors and the simplified, almost abstract representation of objects and space are reflective of Matisse’s later works, showcasing his continuous exploration and innovation within the realm of color and form.

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