Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse Food Paintings

French Artist Henri Matisse then changed his painting style, getting closer to what was defined as Fauvism. Matisse once said that his aim was to discover “the essential character of things” and to produce an art “of balance, purity, and serenity.” Even with his style changes, he always came back to these concepts.

French Artist Henri Matisse Food Painting 1897 The Dinner Table-og
French Artist Henri Matisse Food Painting 1897 The Dinner Table

His later works are very different, but still maintain some similarity. In The Desert: Harmony in Red (1908) we can see how Matisse still produces a pure and balanced work, focusing on the delicacy of subjects, many times women in their daily lives.

We can see similarities in these paintings. Both women have the same body language, they are setting the table for a meal, there is fruit on the table. The backgrounds, the color and the countour line are very different. I really like the bright colors in the second one, but I like how precise and detailed the first one is.

As for today’s recipe, here is a recipe that uses pears, which can be abundantly found in the first painting. When I think of pears, I think of them drenched in chocolate sauce like these poached pears. It’s a dish that my mother would make during late fall for dessert.



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