Les Genêts (1905) by Henri Matisse

Les Genêts - Henri Matisse - 1905

Artwork Information

TitleLes Genêts
ArtistHenri Matisse

About Les Genêts

“Les Genêts,” an artwork created by Henri Matisse in 1905, belongs to the landscape genre. This piece reflects the period’s revolutionary artistic trends, encapsulated by Matisse’s innovative use of color and form.

The artwork presents a vigorous interplay of color and brushwork, characterized by an expressiveness that disregards the conventions of realistic landscape representation. Vivid hues of green, blue, pink, and touches of yellow intersect to evoke the natural scenery. The composition doesn’t adhere to traditional perspective; rather, it’s a mosaic of color planes that suggest the lushness of foliage, the openness of the sky, and the rough texture of earth. The landscape is constructed with broad, loose brushstrokes, giving it a sense of immediacy and dynamism. The piece exemplifies the Fauvist movement’s characteristics, of which Matisse was a leading figure, portraying the emotional power of color unleashed from descriptive accuracy.

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