May 13 Art Minute: Henri Matisse, Flowers
Flowers belongs to a series of sumptuous still lifes that Matisse painted in 1924–25, each set in studio interiors. In these paintings, the principal subject—in this case, a ceramic vase of bright flowers—is arranged on a patterned tablecloth against a background decorated with patterned wallpaper and examples of Matisse’s work, here an unframed drawing of a woman.
Matisse constantly sought balance and harmony of color and form in his work. Paintings that seem spontaneous and quickly executed were actually the result of a painstaking process of small shifts and adjustments until he achieved the relationships he desired.