The Pierced Rock (1920) by Henri Matisse

The Pierced Rock - Henri Matisse - 1920

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pierced Rock
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About The Pierced Rock

The artwork, titled “The Pierced Rock,” is a creation by artist Henri Matisse, dating back to 1920. It is situated within the Post-Impressionism movement and is categorized as a landscape genre piece. This work of Matisse exhibits the distinct simplification of form and a vibrant palette that characterizes the period following Impressionism, where artists sought to convey more emotional depth and symbolic content.

“The Pierced Rock” portrays a rugged, vertical rock formation with a notable perforation that aligns with the composition’s focal point. The rock’s layers and textures are suggested through brushwork that blends representational form with a degree of abstraction. The surrounding setting includes the sea, depicted with brisk strokes of blues and whites indicating choppy water, and a sailboat is visible in the distance, lending a dynamic sense of movement to the tranquil scene. In the foreground, vividly contrasted greens suggest vegetation, emphasizing the interface between natural landforms and the marine environment. The artwork conveys a keen interest in the interplay of natural forms and light, reflecting Matisse’s ongoing exploration of color and shape.

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