The Black Table (1919) by Henri Matisse

The Black Table - Henri Matisse - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleThe Black Table
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions100 x 60 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Black Table

The artwork titled “The Black Table” is a creation by the esteemed artist Henri Matisse, completed in the year 1919. As a prominent example of Post-Impressionism, the artwork is a portrait that measures 100 by 60 centimeters. Presently, “The Black Table” resides within a private collection, highlighting the exclusivity and personal value of this piece.

In “The Black Table,” we observe a composition that features a figure centrally positioned against a vivid background. True to Matisse’s style, the artwork employs bold and expressive use of color, as well as a distinctive simplification of form. The central figure, a person whose facial expression projects an introspective ambiance, is seated behind a dark table which provides a stark contrast to the brightly hued flowers arranged on it. The backdrop of stylized floral patterns interplays with the surface of the table, creating a rich tapestry of visual elements. Additionally, the vertical striping on the wall echoes the fluted wood of the table’s legs, bringing a harmonious structure to the scene. Matisse’s adept use of flat planes of color alongside more detailed elements crafts a portrait that is at once personal and emblematic of the larger movements in art during the early 20th century.

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