Still Life with a Checked Tablecloth (c.1903) by Henri Matisse

Still Life with a Checked Tablecloth - Henri Matisse - c.1903

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with a Checked Tablecloth
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions52.3 x 54.6 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still Life with a Checked Tablecloth

The artwork “Still Life with a Checked Tablecloth” by Henri Matisse, created circa 1903, is a fine example of Post-Impressionism. It is an oil painting on canvas with dimensions of 52.3 by 54.6 cm. Matisse’s work is a still life genre painting and, as of the knowledge cutoff date, it is housed within a private collection.

The artwork presents a vibrant and dynamic composition that captures the eye through its bold use of color and pattern. Central to the composition is a tablecloth with a lively red and white checkered pattern, upon which various objects are arranged. The depiction of volumes and space is managed through the interplay of color and light rather than through precise linear perspective, a hallmark of Post-Impressionist technique. The juxtaposition of the different elements showcases Matisse’s skill in balancing both muted and intense hues to create a harmonious yet energetic scene.

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