The Terrace, St. Tropez (1904) by Henri Matisse

The Terrace, St. Tropez - Henri Matisse - 1904

Artwork Information

TitleThe Terrace, St. Tropez
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions72 x 58 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Fenway Court), Boston, MA, US

About The Terrace, St. Tropez

The artwork “The Terrace, St. Tropez” was created by Henri Matisse in 1904. It is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 72 by 58 centimeters, which falls under the genre painting category. The piece is a representative sample of the Post-Impressionism movement. This work is currently housed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is also known as Fenway Court, located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

The artwork depicts a lush and vibrant scene that captures the essence of a terrace in St. Tropez. The brushwork is loose and expressive, which is characteristic of Matisse’s style during the Post-Impressionist period. The various hues of green and blue dominate the canvas, evoking a sense of tranquility and the lushness of the Mediterranean environment. A strong light source casts shadows and brings out the textures in the foliage, the draping vines, and the architectural features of the terrace. Matisse has made use of bold color contrasts and an innovative composition that draws the viewer’s eye deeper into the scene, offering a sense of the outdoor space and the inviting climate of the French Riviera. The painting’s spontaneous execution and bright palette embody the artist’s fascination with color and form, as well as his ability to convey atmosphere and emotion through these elements.

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