Henri Matisse

Seville Still Life

Seville Still Life
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Author: Henri Matisse
Still Life, Painting, Oil on canvas, 90x117 cm
Origin: France, Circa 1910/1911

Like "Spanish Still Life", also in the Hermitage, this work was painted in Spain, which the artist visited in October 1910. Matisse worked on these compositions in his hotel room in Seville, and we can identify its characteristic interior in both works - the furniture and the items on the table, the pot with the geranium and the two ewers. But the artist transforms the room with Spanish shawls, sets the canvas off in a complex and engrossing play of line and colour, making it resonate with decorative and emotional notes.

The atmosphere of southern exoticism in "Seville Still Life" is perfectly expressed in the whimsical ornament of the emerald sofa, which includes flowers and birds, the bright flowering geranium, the small dark pattern of the yellow shawl on the chair, the contrasts and exchanges between intense areas of colour and inventive ornament. Everything reinforces the suffocating garishness of the interior, but here the light green curtain introduces a hint of a breath of fresh air and makes the unseen window almost tangible.

Source of entry: State Museum of New Western Art, Moscow, 1931
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

See also

Henri Matisse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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WebMuseum: Matisse, Henri (-Émile-Benoît)
Provides a detailed overview of Matisse's career and his impact on the world of art.
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Henri Matisse - Olga's Gallery
Collection of works of the French artist with biography.

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