My Room at the Beau-Rivage (1918) by Henri Matisse

My Room at the Beau-Rivage - Henri Matisse - 1918

Artwork Information

TitleMy Room at the Beau-Rivage
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementExpressionism

About My Room at the Beau-Rivage

The artwork titled “My Room at the Beau-Rivage” was created by Henri Matisse in 1918. This oil on canvas piece is an exemplar of the Expressionism movement, and it falls under the genre of interior painting. Matisse’s works are renowned for their vibrant color and fluid form, and this painting is no exception with its expressive depiction of a private interior space.

“My Room at the Beau-Rivage” presents a view of a room that feels both personal and inviting, with a perspective focused on a window that opens to an external seascape. Dominated by warm tones, the room is detailed with yellow-striped walls embellished with floral decorations along the upper edges near the ceiling. A red patterned carpet covers the floor, maintaining the intensity of color characteristic of Matisse’s style. The furniture includes a plush green armchair that occupies the left side of the composition. To the right, there is a glimpse of a bed adorned with multicolored linens, partially seen abutting the picture plane. The central focus is the window draped with sheer white curtains, which are caught in a gentle breeze, subtly allowing a view of the blue water and sky outside. Light infuses the room, reflecting off surfaces and enhancing the sense of a captured moment in an inhabited space. The expressive brushstrokes and use of bold color underscore the emotional and sensory investment in the portrayal of the scene.

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