The Geranium

Autumn, 1906
Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 32 1/8 in. (100.3 x 81.5 cm)
Joseph Winterbotham Collection, (Art Institute of Chicago) 1932.1342
© 2009 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From info card:
"This work is one of a number of early still-life paintings in which Henri Matisse incorporated his own figurative sculptures. The Geranium also demonstrates the artist's interest in merging traditional themes with avant-garde practices: he transformed this simple still life into a populated Arcadian landscape painting and rendered this classical subject in the brilliant color, thick paint, and rapid brushwork characteristic of the group of young painters known as the Fauves."

Detail of statue to the left