Still Life with ‘Dance’ (1909) by Henri Matisse

Still Life with 'Dance' - Henri Matisse - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with 'Dance'
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Still Life with 'Dance'

The artwork “Still Life with ‘Dance'” was created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1909. This oil on canvas painting is a fine example of the Expressionism movement. As a still life, it depicts a vivid arrangement of objects and is part of the collection at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The artwork features a bold composition with vibrant hues and expressive brushwork characteristic of Matisse’s style during this period. Central to the piece are a variety of objects carefully positioned on a patterned tablecloth, including a tray with lemons and apples, and two vases with flowers. In the background, there is also a tapestry or painting depicting dancing figures, adding a dynamic element to the scene. The color palette is rich, with contrasting colors creating a sense of depth and movement. The use of flattening space and simplified forms reflects Matisse’s departure from traditional still life representation, moving towards a more modern and abstract depiction.

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