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.
- Henri Matisse
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, l.r.: Henri-Matisse
- 116.5 × 89.5 cm (45 ⅞ × 35 3/16 in.)
- Gift of Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx
- © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York