Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This is a 2D, oil on canvas paiting by Matisse entitled The Goldfish Bowl. I would consider the painting to be naturalistic because you can identify that it is a goldfish bowl on a table or dresser alongside some fruit, and what appears to be a bottle. I would consider it naturalistic because though the subject of the painting is identifiable, other elements, such as the newspaper(?) are not as clear. Also, it is not an exact representation. Matisse experiments with the form and color of the fish, the other subjects on the table, and the picture in the background. The style of the painting is similar to other Matisse paintings in that details are not clearly defined. The content of the work is a goldfish bowl on a dresser with other objects. I interpret this to be a quiet moment depicting everyday items that could be found in almost any home. This painting says that there are commonalities between everyone which can be found in the simple objects that are lying around our homes. The painting is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.