Tin Pitcher, Lemon and Armchair (1939) by Henri Matisse

Tin Pitcher, Lemon and Armchair - Henri Matisse - 1939

Artwork Information

TitleTin Pitcher, Lemon and Armchair
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Tin Pitcher, Lemon and Armchair

The artwork entitled “Tin Pitcher, Lemon and Armchair” is a creation of the esteemed artist Henri Matisse, dating back to 1939. As an exemplar of the Fauvism art movement, this piece falls into the still life genre. This genre typically includes inanimate subject matters such as flowers, fruits, and various objects, which are also present in this particular piece.

The artwork showcases a bold still life composition that features a centrally positioned tin pitcher with pronounced vertical fluting and a curving handle. To its right, a lemon is depicted with a vibrantly colored peel, adjacent to an intricately patterned glass atop a small dish. Behind these objects, an armchair is suggested through simple lines and broad areas of color, with a red structural feature that might represent the armrest. The background appears flat, with the use of contrasting colors emphasizing the form of the armchair against the surroundings.

Matisse’s use of color in the artwork is striking, aligning with the Fauvist movement’s characteristic penchant for bold, undiluted colors applied in a way that prioritizes emotional expression over realistic representation. The table or surface upon which the objects rest is a rich green adorned with black and yellow spot-like shapes, possibly reflecting light and shadows. The outlines of the objects are somewhat abstracted and give a sense of three-dimensionality through simple contour lines. The overall appearance of the artwork is a harmonious blend of color, shape, and composition, clearly manifesting Matisse’s mastery of the still life within the Fauvist idiom.

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