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Morrocan Landscape

by Henri Matisse

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Morrocan Landscape - Description

Bright colors abound in Henri Matisse's work. His career as a painter began when his mother brought him a box of art supplies to help ease his recovery after an illness. The painter said, "From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges toward the thing it loves" (source: The painter believed that the use of color could express emotion more clearly than realistic representations of the natural world. Matisse was also heavily influenced by exotic art. These two tendencies, a love of color and a love of native art, found their deepest expression in paintings influenced by the painter's travels. In "Moroccan Landscape," Matisse treats the viewer to a wild explosion of purple. The sky is purple, the ground is a deeper purple and the trunks of the trees shade to violet. Hedges and ferns on the ground are painted in semi-realistic shades of green, but appear to float in space. The canvas is crisscrossed with tree limbs and leaves, breaking up the vertical lines of the trees. The paint is applied with a very light hand here, as though Matisse wanted the bare canvas beneath to peep through. "Moroccan Landscape" is alive with color and movement, an expression of life and joy.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Morrocan Landscape

Original Artist: Henri Matisse
Subject: Landscapes
Style: Abstract
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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