The piano (1924) by Henri Matisse

The piano - Henri Matisse - 1924

Artwork Information

TitleThe piano
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions81 x 65 cm
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The piano

The artwork titled “The Piano” was created by Henri Matisse in 1924. As a piece within the Fauvism movement, it follows the characteristic emphasis on painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. The dimensions of the artwork are 81 by 65 centimeters, and it is categorized as a genre painting. As of the last available information, this painting is held within a private collection.

In the artwork, we see a cozy domestic scene depicting three individuals. The central figure is a woman seated at a piano adorned with flower motifs, which suggests a sense of homeliness and warmth. She is elegantly dressed in a blue garment and appears focused on the musical instrument before her. To her right, there is a standing child attentively observing the pianist, clothed in a bold, striped outfit that imparts a playful contrast. Another figure lounges to the side in a chair, equally engrossed in an activity, holding what appears to be a red book or journal. The background of the room is filled with richly decorated wallpapers and patterns, giving the scene a vibrant, textured look that is very much in line with the Fauvist style. A vase with flowers on top of the piano and another on a small side table enlivens the composition with splashes of natural beauty and color. The artwork exudes a sense of intimacy and the pleasure derived from music and leisure within a private space.

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