Le Vivier (Paysage De Provence) (1923) by Henri Matisse

Le Vivier (Paysage De Provence) - Henri Matisse - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleLe Vivier (Paysage De Provence)
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About Le Vivier (Paysage De Provence)

“Le Vivier (Paysage De Provence)” is a notable artwork created by Henri Matisse in 1923, a year that marks a period of artistic richness and maturity in Matisse’s career. The artwork falls within the Fauvism art movement, an avant-garde approach to painting that Matisse himself helped pioneer at the start of the 20th century. This landscape genre work captures a scene from the Provence region, characterized by an expressive use of color and simplified forms.

The artwork envisions a serene rural landscape likely representing the southern French countryside. A clear sky, imbued with soft tones of blue and clouds gently brushed with hues of pink, overlooks the tranquil scene. In the foreground, a well or water trough made from stone is discernibly represented, with water reflecting the sky, adding a sense of stillness to the composition. Flanking the water feature, tall, slender trees with loosely rendered leaves stand out against the sky, their trunks and foliage touched by varied shades suggesting the play of light.

A rustic fence, marked by vertical and horizontal lines, adds an element of rural charm, leading the eye towards the middle ground, where dense greenery and blossoming shrubs are depicted in a manner that echoes Matisse’s signature fauvist brushstrokes. In the distance, a range of mountains gently recedes into the haze, their forms simplified and colors muted, reinforcing the sense of depth and vastness of the Provencal terrain. Overall, Matisse’s artwork exudes a vibrant yet peaceful atmosphere, illustrating the unique blend of fauvist coloration and compositional harmony that categorizes his landscape works from this period.

Other Artwork from Henri Matisse

More Fauvism Artwork

Scroll to Top