Still Life With Lemons (1943) by Henri Matisse

Still Life With Lemons - Henri Matisse - 1943

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life With Lemons
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About Still Life With Lemons

The artwork titled “Still Life With Lemons” was created by the artist Henri Matisse in the year 1943. Matisse, known for his use of color and original draughtsmanship, was a leading figure in modern art. His artwork can be categorized as part of the Expressionism movement and specifically belongs to the still life genre. This work exemplifies Matisse’s interest in vibrant color, pattern, and composition.

The artwork exhibits a bold and vivid color palette characteristic of Matisse’s style. It portrays a table on which rests a collection of lemons alongside a decorative vase containing flowers. The lemons are scattered casually, some grouped together while one lies apart from the rest. The vase is a deep shade of blue with light ornamentation, contrasting with the pink-hued background which is adorned with a pattern of darker pink and white floral motifs. The tabletop and the wall behind create an angular juxtaposition, adding to the dynamic quality of the work. There is a sense of flatness in the depiction, with less emphasis on shadow and depth, which aligns with the traits of Expressionism, focusing more on the emotional expression and vivid depiction than on realism. The brushstrokes are visible and loose, conveying a sense of immediacy and artistic spontaneity.

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