Matisse’s “Les Poissons Rouges”

Goldfish have been a recurrent theme in Matisse’s art. Born in 1869 in France (d. 1954), Henri Matisse is regarded as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. A prolific and versatile artist, in his creations he favoured intense and expressive colours, and often depicted intimate or natural scenes.

Goldfish in a bowl are integral part of the scene in many of his works, including:

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Poissons rouges et palette [1914]
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

poissonsrougesetsculptuPoissons rouges et sculpture [1912]
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Femme et poissons rouges [1921-23] (also known as: Woman before an aquarium) Art Institute, Chicago (USA)Femme et poissons rouges [1921-23]
(also known as: Woman before an aquarium)
Art Institute, Chicago (USA)

Poissons rouges [1909/1912?]Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (Denmark)Poissons rouges [1909/1912?]
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Intérieur avec bocal [1914]Intérieur avec bocal [1914]

poissonsrougesetpalettePoissons rouges et palette [1914]
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

If you’re interested in further reading, you may find these pages about Matisse’s art of some interest:
The Poissons Rouge [sic] Paintings, in English
Matisse, son œuvre, in French
Fauvism, in English

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