The Rose Marble Table (1917) by Henri Matisse

The Rose Marble Table - Henri Matisse - 1917

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TitleThe Rose Marble Table
ArtistHenri Matisse

About The Rose Marble Table

“The Rose Marble Table,” created by Henri Matisse in 1917, is a still life belonging to the genre that seeks to depict inanimate subject matter. Embedded in the rich tradition of still life painting, this artwork showcases Matisse’s distinctive style and his continued exploration of color and form during this phase in his career.

The artwork features a marble table as the central element. It exhibits a harmonious blend of muted and vibrant colors, with the table cloth portrayed in a warm shade of pink that draws the viewer’s attention. Atop the table, a simple yet intricate white basket holding what appears to be green fruits or decorative elements anchors the composition. The green motifs of these elements are echoed by the leafy plants that flank the table, providing a striking contrast against the darker background. This contrast deepens the sense of depth and emphasizes the organic shapes in the scene.

Surrounding the table, the darker tones imbue the artwork with a sense of intimacy and focus. Matisse’s use of bold outlines and flat planes of color highlights the table and its objects, a stylistic choice reminiscent of his move towards simplification and a more abstract representation of subjects. By marrying these elements, “The Rose Marble Table” emerges not merely as a replication of a scene but as an exploration of visual harmony and the substance of painting itself.

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