Nature morte à la statuette (Still Life with Plaster Figure)

Matisse often augmented traditional genres of painting with modern aesthetics, in this case he has returned to the traditional genre of still-life. The objects placed on the table still retain a semblance of form, with a white statuette and a few fruits retaining their recognizable shape. However, Matisse created a background consisting of ‘large color patches liberated from any formal constraints.’ (Yale)

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.

Date: 1906

Location: Yale University Art Gallery