Small Interior with Round Marble Table (1947) by Henri Matisse

Small Interior with Round Marble Table - Henri Matisse - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleSmall Interior with Round Marble Table
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About Small Interior with Round Marble Table

The artwork “Small Interior with Round Marble Table” by Henri Matisse, created in 1947, is a notable example of genre painting within the Expressionist movement. The piece reflects the artist’s vivid style and use of color to convey a scene from everyday life, framed within the intimate setting of an interior space.

In the artwork, one is immediately struck by the artist’s use of bold, expressive colors and loose brushwork, which are characteristic of Matisse’s approach and the Expressionist movement at large. The composition features a central round marble table adorned with various objects, including a vase with foliage. To the right, a figure is depicted in profile, immersed in an activity at the table. Their face is rendered in a simplified manner, without detail, focusing the viewer’s attention on the gestural portrayal of the figure and the surrounding environment.

The background is equally vibrant, with plant forms and a warm palette that suggests a feeling of coziness and domestic tranquility. The contrasts between the shapes and colors create a dynamic tension within the scene, while still maintaining a sense of harmony. Matisse’s signature can be seen on the lower right, affirming the authenticity of this expressive encapsulation of a moment in time.

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