Landscape of Corsica (1898) by Henri Matisse

Landscape of Corsica - Henri Matisse - 1898

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape of Corsica
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions16.5 x 22.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusee d'Art Moderne de Troyes, Troyes, France

About Landscape of Corsica

The artwork titled “Landscape of Corsica,” created by Henri Matisse in 1898, is a fine example of the Impressionist movement. With dimensions of 16.5 by 22.5 cm, this small-scale landscape painting is part of the collection at the Musee d’Art Moderne de Troyes, in Troyes, France.

The artwork depicts a vibrant scene likely inspired by the natural beauty of Corsica. It captures a sense of spontaneity and the fleeting effects of light through its loose brushwork and bright palette that are characteristic of Impressionism. Matisse employs dabs and strokes of paint to compose the scene, with a central tree dominating the composition. The foliage of the tree is rendered with quick, light, and dark marks suggesting the play of light and shadow. The foreground consists of warm tones that might indicate a field or meadow, with patches of red and ochre suggesting flowers or spots of rich color in the landscape. The sky appears to be overcast with hints of blue peeking through the cloud cover, reflected in the artwork’s overall luminosity. The painting communicates the beauty of the outdoor setting and the artist’s impression of the moment.

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