The Silence that Lives in Houses (1947) by Henri Matisse

The Silence that Lives in Houses - Henri Matisse - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleThe Silence that Lives in Houses
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions61 x 51 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Silence that Lives in Houses

The artwork titled “The Silence that Lives in Houses,” created by Henri Matisse in 1947, is classified within the Expressionism movement. It is a genre painting with dimensions measuring 61 x 51 cm. The provenance of this piece indicates that it is part of a private collection.

The artwork conveys a sense of tranquility and introspective stillness, consistent with its title. Upon observation, one can discern a room where two figures appear to be seated, perhaps engaged in reflection or reading. These figures are rendered in a style that prioritizes emotional expression over realistic accuracy. The immediate foreground is dominated by what seems to be a large open book on a table, and alongside it, a vase with a plant that stands out with its intricate details and lively presence. A deeply contrasting array of colors and bold outlines defines the interior space. The window, which occupies a significant portion of the composition, frames a view of lush greenery and suggests a connection to the natural world outside. Matisse’s use of vibrant hues and simplified forms adds to the evocative nature of the scene, inviting the viewer to contemplate the quiet and reflective atmosphere of the domestic interior.

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