Still life with teapot and fruit (c.1910) by Henri Rousseau

Still life with teapot and fruit - Henri Rousseau - c.1910

Artwork Information

TitleStill life with teapot and fruit
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still life with teapot and fruit

The artwork “Still life with teapot and fruit” is a creation attributed to Henri Rousseau, an artist associated with the Naïve Art movement, specifically its branch of Primitivism. The piece was conceived around the year 1910 and is categorized within the still life genre. Presently, the painting resides within a private collection, indicating that it may not be on public display.

The composition of the artwork features a seemingly simple arrangement of everyday objects, placed against a muted background that helps to accentuate the forms and colors of the items depicted. A white teapot with a prominent spout and a curved black handle occupies the left side of the canvas, its round body casting modest shadows that confer a sense of volume. To the right, groupings of fruit, possible pears or similar bulbous forms, exhibit a warm palette of yellows and oranges, their gentle curvatures rendered with a simplicity that echoes the stylings characteristic of Rousseau’s approach. Beneath these central elements, a spray of green leaves rest, contributing to the naturalistic aspect of the still life and providing a contrasting color that harmonizes with the overall palette.undance, likely to emphasize the natural beauty and simplicity of the subjects. Additionally, the teapot’s exaggerated form contrasts with the organic shapes of the fruit, providing a playful balance between manmade and natural elements.

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