Tour at Two: Henri Matisse

  • The period in which Matisse completed this painting was crucial for the artist who was in the early stages of his career. At 25 years old, his 1896 visit to the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer off the coast of Brittany marked a palpable change in his style.
  • Prior to his time on Belle-Île, Matisse painted in a more conservative manner, depicting mostly somber subject matter in a dark, earthy palette. Le Palais, Belle-Île is a veritable rainbow of color, the likes of which had not yet been seen in Matisse’s oeuvre.
  • Here, Matisse depicts of the view of the harbor at Le Palais, the island's main port. Three sardine fishing boats occupy the foreground while in the background, the citadel, seventeenth-century fortifications designed by French military engineer Maréchal Vauban (1633 – 1707), looms over the harbor below.


Henri Matisse, Le Palais, Belle Île, ca. 1896-1897; Oil on canvas; Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon, 1975.15 

  • El período en que Matisse completó esta pintura fue crucial para el artista que se encontraba en las primeras etapas de su carrera. A los 25 años, su visita de 1896 a la isla de Belle-Île-en-Mer, en la costa de Bretaña, marcó un cambio palpable en su estilo.
  • Antes de su estadía en Belle-Île, Matisse pinaba de una manera más conservadora, representando principalmente temas sombríos en una paleta oscura y terrosa. Le Palais, Belle-Île fue un verdadero arco iris de color, que aún no se había visto en la obra de Matisse.
  • Aquí, Matisse representa la vista del puerto en Le Palais, el puerto principal de la isla. Tres barcos de pesca de sardinas ocupan el primer plano, mientras que en el fondo, la ciudadela, una fortificación del siglo XVII diseñada por el ingeniero militar francés Maréchal Vauban (1633 - 1707), se cierne sobre el puerto nás abajo.

Henri Matisse, Le Palais, Belle Île, ca. 1896-1897; Óleo sobre lienzo; Legado del Sr. y la Sra. Hugo N. Dixon, 1975.15 

Posted by Kristen Rambo at 1:31 PM
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