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Jun 21 / Jonell Galloway

Food Art: Still Life with Geraniums, painting by Henri Matisse

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 Food Art: Still Life with Geraniums, painting by Henri Matisse

Still Life with Geraniums, painting by Matisse at


Henri Matisse painted “Still Life With Geranium” in 1906, when he was considered the “King of Fauvism.”It was the first Matisse painting to be purchased for a public exhibition.

An everyday subject matter is depicted in primary colors, thus infusing it with energy and emotion. At the same time, it resembles traditional decorative art.

Matisse was the leader of the Fauvist movement, and used vivid, primary colors long before his contemporaries. The colors always lent a sense of turbulent emotion to his work.

The term “Fauve” means literally “wild beast”. Another prominent member of this movement was André Derain.


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