Lemons on a Pewter Plate

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1926

Artist:

Henri Matisse
French, 1869–1954

About this artwork

Beginning in 1917, Henri Matisse spent most winters in the southern French city of Nice. The warm light there transformed the artist’s work profoundly, leading him to comment: "If I had painted in the north . . . my painting would have been different. There would have been browns, grays, shadings of color through perspective." Painted during one of his sojourns to Nice, this picture’s challenging spatial construction, palpable paint texture, and patterned background recall the still lifes of Paul Cézanne. The artist was especially on Matisse’s mind when he began this composition in 1926: the same year, Matisse’s dealer staged a posthumous retrospective of over 50 of Cézanne’s major works.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 393

Artist

Henri Matisse

Title

Lemons on a Pewter Plate

Origin

France

Date

1926

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.r.: "Henri-Matisse"

Dimensions

55.6 × 67.1 cm (21 5/8 × 26 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

A Millennium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation

Reference Number

1999.371

Copyright

© 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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