• Still Life with Two Vases

    Artist:
    Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954
    Technique:
    lead pencil
    Dimensions:
    53x40,8 cm

Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954

Still Life with Two Vases

France, 1940

Matisse produced numerous images of vases of flowers, and indeed he had a tendency to return repeatedly - both in his graphic works and his paintings - to a small group of favourite objects, who became as it were the heroes of his compositions. The large Etruscan vase which introduces into the painting what is almost a dancing rhythm with its whimsical contour, is one such hero. Covered with ornament, with its expressive outline, the vase dominates this still life. It enters into a dialogue with the little vase standing on the stool, but the vase retains its independent voice, its smooth line expressing its rounded, clear, precise form. The stool introduces a sense of space with its rhomboid shape, yet overall the sheet is dominated by ornamental rhythmic concerns.

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Still Life with Two Vases

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lead pencil

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53x40,8 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1970; donation by L.N. Delektorskaya, Paris

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ОР-46053

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Copyrights: © Succession H. Matisse

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