Open Window at Collioure by Henri Matisse

Open Window at Collioure - Henri Matisse -

Artwork Information

TitleOpen Window at Collioure
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions55 x 46 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Open Window at Collioure

Henri Matisse’s “Open Window at Collioure” is an exemplar of the Fauvist movement, rather than Impressionism as stated, characterized by its vivid, non-naturalistic colors and painterly qualities that emphasize the compositional elements. The artwork measures 55 cm by 46 cm and depicts a landscape scene. Regarded as a landscape due to its content, this piece currently resides in a private collection.

The artwork presents a vibrant view through an open window, overlooking the Mediterranean scene at Collioure. The window frame acts as a natural border for the seascape, with the deep green shutters flanking the sides of the canvas. The scene captures boats with dark hulls and sails at rest on the lively sea, with the waves gently brushing the shore. The brushwork is loose and expressive, typical of Matisse’s style during the early 20th century, a period when he, along with other artists, began to explore bold color and dynamic composition. The sky is rendered with swirling shapes of blue and white, underscoring the artist’s departure from realistic representation towards a more abstracted, emotive interpretation of the scene before him. Shadows and highlights are depicted with contrasting colors rather than gradations of light and dark, contributing to the sense of light as filtered through the artist’s creative prism. This work not only captures the essence of place but also reflects the revolutionary shift in painting during Matisse’s time, prioritizing color and form over representational accuracy.

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