The Bed in the Mirror (c.1919) by Henri Matisse

The Bed in the Mirror - Henri Matisse - c.1919

Artwork Information

TitleThe Bed in the Mirror
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions65 x 50 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Bed in the Mirror

“The Bed in the Mirror” is an artwork by Henri Matisse, completed around 1919. As an oil on canvas, the painting measures approximately 65 by 50 centimeters and is currently held in a private collection. This work, created during the Post-Impressionism movement, features an interior scene, a common genre for Matisse, and exemplifies the artist’s innovative use of color and form.

The artwork presents a vibrant interior scene focused on a bouquet of flowers placed in a vase on a table. The composition is dominated by the striking reflections in a large, rounded mirror that occupies the upper right quadrant of the canvas, reflecting elements of the room and perhaps a bed, giving the work its title. The lively brushstrokes and juxtaposition of colors showcase Matisse’s signature style, which pushed the boundaries of representational painting towards a more abstracted interpretation of reality. The palette is balanced between warm oranges and yellows against cooler whites and greens, with touches of pink, creating a dynamic yet harmonious effect typical of Matisse’s work during this period.

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