Still Life with Vegetables

Artist: Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

Date: ca. 1905

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 15 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (38.4 x 46 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998

Accession Number: 1999.363.38

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Matisse painted this still life sometime between late 1905 and the beginning of 1906, when he still retained Neo-Impressionist blocks of color but also began to construct his pictures with flatter areas of color. With rhythmic brushstrokes, Matisse rendered space and objects alike in flat color planes. The green, white, and blue plate, the round red pitcher, and the yellow coffeepot are typical of pottery produced in the south of France. Similarly, the vegetables look as if they had just tumbled out of Matisse's shopping basket after a trip to the local market.