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  • Seville Still Life

    Artist:
    Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    90x117 cm

Matisse, Henri. 1869-1954

Seville Still Life

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.

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Seville Still Life

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

90x117 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1931; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Sergei Shchukin collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-6570

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Copyrights: © Succession H. Matisse

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