Still Life (1902) by Henri Matisse

Still Life - Henri Matisse - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions64 x 46 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée Picasso, Paris, France

About Still Life

The artwork “Still Life” by Henri Matisse dates back to 1902 and is a representation of the Post-Impressionism movement. Measuring 64 x 46 cm, this still life genre piece is housed at the Musée Picasso in Paris, France. The painting exhibits the characteristic brushwork and use of color that defines Matisse’s contributions to Post-Impressionism, a phase that sought to transcend the naturalism of the Impressionists through a focus on abstraction and symbolism in form and color.

The artwork showcases an assemblage of objects arranged on a horizontal surface, a common subject for a still life. Matisse’s composition features an array of items that might be found on a traditional table setting. The painting is rendered with visible brushstrokes that infuse the scene with a sense of movement and energy, despite the inanimate nature of the subject matter. The colors used are muted, with a predominance of browns and warm tones, punctuated by faint hints of color suggesting depth and form without strict adherence to realism. The nuanced interplay of light and shadow across the objects creates a sense of three-dimensionality, and the angled perspective invites the viewer to consider the composition from a specific vantage point. Matisse captures the essence of the still life with a balance between representation and the expressive potential of paint, which contributes to the enduring significance of this work within the canon of art history.

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