The Green Pumpkin
The Green Pumpkin, ca. 1916
Oil on canvas
80 x 64.5 cm (31 1/2 x 25 3/8 inches)
Anonymous gift 57.037
Part still-life and part landscape, Matisse’s painting presents a fat green pumpkin on a patterned textile against a view from his window in a Paris suburb. Windows were among Matisse’s favorite motifs, permitting him to organize foreground shapes while framing the image beyond. Here the window bisects the composition, neatly dividing the interior and exterior scenes. Matisse used dark outlines to graph the window panes and emphasize the pumpkin’s curves. Within these contained spaces, he employed a brilliant palette of autumnal reds and complementary hues of green, varying the direction and density of his brushstrokes to suggest atmosphere, distance, and mass.(February 6 –May 2, 2004)(November 12, 2004 – March 5, 2005)
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967