Still Life with Green Sideboard (1928) by Henri Matisse

Still Life with Green Sideboard - Henri Matisse - 1928

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Green Sideboard
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About Still Life with Green Sideboard

The artwork titled “Still Life with Green Sideboard” is a fine example of a piece created by the esteemed artist Henri Matisse in the year 1928. Nestled within the Expressionism movement, this still life genre painting encapsulates the innovative spirit of its time through its vivid representation and emotive energy.

In this piece, Matisse has masterfully used color and form to construct a compelling composition. The artwork features a bold green sideboard upon which a blue-patterned tablecloth is partially draped. On top of this draped section rests a white plate bearing ripe oranges, their bright tones unmistakably the focal point of the scene. Adjacent to the plate lies a white and blue decorated jug, its pattern adding a harmonious contrast to the checkered design of the tablecloth. To the right, a tall glass of water and a pipe rest next to the jug, each meticulously depicted with noteworthy attention to detail. The blue background further intensifies the luminous hues, contributing to the overall dynamic and expressionistic quality of the work. The painting’s striking use of color and simplified shapes not only exemplifies Matisse’s distinctive style but also evokes the viewer’s sensory and emotional engagement with the still life before them.

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