The Riverbank (1907) by Henri Matisse

The Riverbank - Henri Matisse - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleThe Riverbank
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

About The Riverbank

“The Riverbank” is an artwork completed in 1907 by the renowned artist Henri Matisse. It is an exemplar of the Fauvism movement, characterized by strong colors and bold brushwork. This landscape genre painting is held in the collection of the Kunstmuseum Basel, located in Basel, Switzerland.

The artwork portrays a vivid riverside scene, abundant with dynamic colors and striking contrasts. Matisse’s application of paint is loose and expressive, which is typical of the Fauvist style. Foreground elements, such as the lush green foliage and slender tree trunks, dominate the composition, inviting viewers to focus on the interplay of colors and forms rather than on a realistic depiction of nature. The river surface is rendered with bold streaks of purples and blues, reflecting the sky and surroundings with a vibrant, almost abstract quality. The yellow and green hues in the background hint at the presence of sunlit fields or hills, contributing to the overall feel of a warm, exuberant day. Overall, Matisse’s use of non-naturalistic colors and the wild, painterly quality of the strokes capture the essence of Fauvism and convey an emotional response to the landscape rather than a direct representation.

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