On the Terrace Parc Liserb (1921) by Henri Matisse

On the Terrace Parc Liserb - Henri Matisse - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleOn the Terrace Parc Liserb
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism

About On the Terrace Parc Liserb

The artwork titled “On the Terrace Parc Liserb” was created by Henri Matisse in 1921. It can be classified within the genre painting category and reflects the principles of Fauvism, an art movement known for its vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color.

The artwork portrays a scene with a central figure, a woman seated on a terrace. She appears relaxed and is sitting in a casual pose with one arm resting along a ledge or railing. Her attire features a large, round hat that shades her face and her clothes seem to be of a fashionable nature for the time, depicted with flowing lines and a blend of colors. She is surrounded by the environment of the Parc Liserb, with visible foliage, trees, and a vibrant landscape in the background. The use of colors is non-representational and expressive, a hallmark of Matisse’s Fauvist style. The brushstrokes are loose and convey a sense of immediacy and emotional intensity. The bold palette with stark color contrasts and the emphasis on painterly qualities over representational accuracy are indicative of the Fauvist approach that Matisse was instrumental in developing.

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