Still Life with Pitcher and Fruit (c.1898) by Henri Matisse

Still Life with Pitcher and Fruit - Henri Matisse - c.1898

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Pitcher and Fruit
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions38 x 46.3 cm
Art MovementDivisionism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still Life with Pitcher and Fruit

The artwork “Still Life with Pitcher and Fruit” by Henri Matisse, dated circa 1898, is an oil on canvas piece measuring 38 x 46.3 cm. Influenced by Divisionism and Neo-Impressionism, the painting is an exemplar of the still life genre, and it currently resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, a rich tapestry of vibrant colors creates a dynamic and textured surface that captures the viewer’s attention. Matisse employs a technique that gives the impression of light dancing across the objects, which include a pitcher and an assortment of fruit within a bowl. The brushstrokes are lively and energetic, which is indicative of the Divisionism style, decomposing colors into separate strokes that blend from a distance. The careful attention to color harmony and the effect of light is a hallmark of Neo-Impressionistic influence.

The composition itself is traditional, centered on domestic simplicity. The pitcher and the fruit bowl are the focal points, situated on a surface that suggests a table. Matisse’s use of contrasting hues and bold brushwork infuses the still life with a sense of movement and spontaneity. Despite the commonality of the subject matter, the artist’s approach to color and form brings a fresh perspective to the timeless genre, reflecting the innovative spirit of the turn of the 20th century.

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