View of Collioure (c.1905) by Henri Matisse

View of Collioure - Henri Matisse - c.1905

Artwork Information

TitleView of Collioure
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions59 x 73 cm
Art MovementFauvism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About View of Collioure

The artwork “View of Collioure” is a creation by Henri Matisse from around 1905. It is rendered in oil on canvas and measures 59 by 73 centimeters. Associated with the Fauvism and Neo-Impressionism movements, this landscape painting is part of the collection at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The artwork exudes a strong use of bold, vivacious colors typical of Fauvist works that eschew realistic colors in favor of expressive hues. Matisse captures a vivid landscape that conveys the warmth and light of Collioure, a picturesque coastal town in the south of France. The reds of the rooftops are vibrant against the complementary colors of the sky and sea, with shades of blue and purple that add a sense of depth and harmony to the scene. The loose, broad brushstrokes contribute to the painting’s dynamic feel, allowing the viewer’s eye to travel across the canvas with a sense of fluidity and movement. There is a discernible abandonment of detailed representation, with Matisse opting instead to focus on the interplay of color and form, revealing both his creative vision and the influences of the fauvist style.

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