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Apples

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:

1916

Artist:

Henri Matisse
French, 1869–1954

About this artwork

Apples is the first of two canvases Matisse painted on the subject, following the traditional practice of making a freely painted preparatory sketch, or esquisse, before executing a more finished painting, or tableau. The artist painted this work directly, and the immediacy of his process is visible in the loose brushstrokes in the lower right portion of the canvas that shift in color. The spontaneity of this approach relates to monotypes that Matisse was working on at the same time, one-of-a-kind prints made by drawing directly onto an already inked plate, which allowed no room for revision.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 393

Artist

Henri Matisse

Title

Apples

Origin

France

Date

1916

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.r.: Henri-Matisse

Dimensions

116.5 × 89.5 cm (45 ⅞ × 35 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx

Reference Number

1948.563

Copyright

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

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