Moraccan Garden (1912) by Henri Matisse

Moraccan Garden - Henri Matisse - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleMoraccan Garden
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions116 x 81 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About Moraccan Garden

The artwork “Moroccan Garden” was created by the French artist Henri Matisse in 1912, during the Expressionist period. It measures 116 by 81 centimeters and falls under the landscape genre. This piece is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, New York, United States.

The artwork provides a vibrant portrayal of a garden, possibly inspired by Matisse’s experiences in Morocco. His use of bold, expressive colors and fluid, decorative lines is evident, characteristic of his style during this time. A dichotomy exists between the warm, reddish tones of the soil and tree trunk and the cool greens and blues that dominate the foliage, creating a visual tension that captures the viewer’s attention. The use of flattened space and abstracted forms suggests an emphasis on the emotional and expressive content, rather than strict realism. The bold outlines and varying textures add depth to the scene, making the garden appear lush and alive with a certain untamed energy that was a frequent theme in Expressionist works. Matisse has masterfully balanced the elements within the piece, offering a window into the exotic and sensorial richness of a Moroccan garden.

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