The Goldfish Bowl

Henri Matisse French

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The walls of Matisse's third-floor apartment at 1, place Félix in Nice were covered with the patterned wallpaper seen in the background of this still life. (The same wallpaper is also visible in The Three O'Clock Sitting [MMA 2008.551]). The artist is particularly interested in the role of sunlight as it streams in from the unseen window at right. In some areas, the light seems to dissolve the glass objects on the table. Elsewhere Matisse is more interested in refraction; he takes pains to convey the distortion of the wallpaper pattern as seen through the pale green liquid in the bottle at left.

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The Goldfish Bowl, Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice), Oil on canvas

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