Still Life after de Heem’s ‘La Desserte’ (1915) by Henri Matisse

Still Life after de Heem's 'La Desserte' - Henri Matisse - 1915

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life after de Heem's 'La Desserte'
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementCubism

About Still Life after de Heem's 'La Desserte'

The artwork entitled “Still Life after de Heem’s ‘La Desserte'”, created by Henri Matisse in 1915, is a fine example of the Cubist movement. Matisse’s rendering pays homage to the Baroque painter Jan Davidsz. de Heem, translating the lush still life composition into the fragmented and abstract language characteristic of Cubism. This piece falls within the still life genre, in which artists traditionally depict inanimate objects in a manner that often conveys a deeper symbolic meaning.

Henri Matisse’s “Still Life after de Heem’s ‘La Desserte'” presents a collection of objects arranged on a table and in the surrounding space with a dynamic and fragmented approach typical of Cubism. The palette is rich, featuring blues, greens, yellows, and earthy tones while the forms are simplified and reimagined, with a flattened perspective that breaks away from traditional representational art. The angular lines and interweaving planes invite the viewer to interpret the scene beyond the superficial, suggesting motion and offering multiple viewpoints simultaneously. Uniting the composition, there’s a notable balance between the geometric shapes and the organic contours of the fruit and other elements within the artwork, demonstrating Matisse’s mastery in blending influence and innovation.

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