Matisse had a great love for the small southern sea town of Collioure and through the large swathes of unreal colours the heat of the summer can be felt. Each expressive brushstroke creates an energy as if the heat is radiating from the ground. With just a few angled strokes, Matisse masterfully creates a village full of life.
In Paris, 1905 the Salon d’Automne hosted the work of Matisse along with his colleagues pioneering this radical style. From this exhibition the group was branded the ‘Fauves’ – meaning wild beasts.
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