This roughly two-foot square oil still life features a jug, a tall teapot, a plate of fruit, and a small white teacup. The large, blue, double-handled jug stands to our left of center, and the smaller blue teapot stands to its right. In front of the teapot is a white plate which features several round pieces of orange and yellow fruit. To the right of the plate, in the lower right hand corner, is the delicate, fluted teacup. The brushstrokes and colors are lush, bold and clear in the subjects, but much softer and more blended in the muted background. The subjects have been rendered with three-dimensionality, featuring shadows beneath the plate and teacup, and bright spots on the jug and teapot where light appears to fall; but the table on which the objects presumably sit has not been fully realized. Spotty, thin, gray paint covers the upper right hand corner of the canvas, and the blended patches of pastel greens and coral that surround the subjects are dry and muted by comparison.
Henri Matisse, Nature morte à la cruche bleue (Still Life with Blue Jug), ca. 1900-1903
Henri Matisse, Nature morte à la cruche bleue (Still Life with Blue Jug), ca. 1900-1903; oil on canvas, 23 in. x 25 in. (58.42 cm x 63.5 cm); Collection SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Matilda B. Wilbur in honor of her daughter, Mary W. Thacher; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Henri Matisse, Nature morte à la cruche bleue (Still Life with Blue Jug), ca. 1900-1903

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Nature morte à la cruche bleue (Still Life with Blue Jug)
Artist name
Henri Matisse
Date created
ca. 1900-1903
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
23 in. x 25 in. (58.42 cm x 63.5 cm)
Date acquired
2008
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Matilda B. Wilbur in honor of her daughter, Mary W. Thacher
Copyright
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2008.21
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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