The Painter’s Family (1911) by Henri Matisse

The Painter's Family - Matisse, Henri - 1911 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Painter's Family
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions56 1/4 x 76 3/8 in. (143 x 194 cm)
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Location Created France
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About The Painter's Family

Henri Matisse’s “The Painter’s Family” is a painting commissioned by Sergei Shchukin in 1911. The painting features Marguerite, Matisse’s daughter, wearing a dress with floral patterns while standing next to her mother and brother. Matisse is known for his vibrant use of colors and original draughtsmanship, which he fully showcased in this artwork.

Matisse was a painter, printmaker, and sculptor who is considered one of the undisputed masters of 20th-century art. He is recognized for transforming traditional art forms with his innovative techniques that emphasized color over form. One of his significant works was the Red Studio from 1911 that revolutionized the art world with its unconventional use of color and flattened perspective.

What sets “The Painter’s Family” apart from other artworks depicting family scenes is the bold design elements present in the artwork itself. Marguerite’s dress covered in colorful flowers contrasted against an abstracted background provides visual pleasure to viewers’ eyes. Furthermore, Matisse masterfully depicted each family member coexisting together while also showcasing their individuality within the same space.

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