The Green Pumpkin (1916) by Henri Matisse

The Green Pumpkin - Henri Matisse - 1916

Artwork Information

TitleThe Green Pumpkin
ArtistHenri Matisse

About The Green Pumpkin

“The Green Pumpkin” is a still life artwork created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1916. This genre of the artwork is identified as a still life, which refers to a piece of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which are either natural (like food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (like glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.).

In the artwork, there is a notable green pumpkin resting on a table that is situated in the foreground, capturing the viewer’s immediate attention. It is depicted with rounded segments that give it a three-dimensional form. To the right of the pumpkin, there is a small dish containing what appears to be a smaller piece of fruit. The composition incorporates a window frame that vertically dissects the scene, suggesting the viewer is observing the still life with a landscape backdrop. Through the window, one can see an agricultural setting with a house visible, trees, and the sky above, rendered with expressive brushstrokes and a lively color palette. Matisse’s use of bold colors and simplified forms contribute to the unique character of this painting. The contrasting colors and forms create a sense of depth and harmonious balance within the scene. Matisse’s signature can be observed at the lower right corner of the canvas, adding to the authentication and provenance of the artwork. Overall, “The Green Pumpkin” exemplifies Matisse’s innovative approach to color and composition during this period of his career.

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