From the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia:
The artist's motif is simple and eternal: a bouquet of fresh flowers stands on a table, a source of joy and a means of decorating an interior. Pure colours and dynamic brushstrokes fill the painting with the breath of life. Matisse took a direct impression of nature as his starting point, but from it he created a whole new world with its own laws rather than a slavish copy of reality. Hence he depicted no precisely defined interior, included no prosaic deatils. Making use of colour's own objective potential, Matisse contrasted flat areas of colour, building up not only a harmonious whole but an effect of space. The cool of the blue concentrated in the central part of the painting introduces depth, while the light-bearing yellow-orange seems to reaffirm the flatness of the painting. The verticals combine with the corner view of the table to establish the spacial coordinates of this interior, an interior with no shadows but entirely filled with light.