Henri Matisse

French (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, 1869 - 1954, Nice, France)

Paysage: Les genêts (Landscape: Broom)

1906
painting | oil on panel
Not on view at this time; find out where you can see works from our collection at locations around the Bay Area while our building is closed for expansion
  • Paysage: Les genêts (Landscape: Broom)

    Henri Matisse, Paysage: Les genêts (Landscape: Broom), 1906; oil on panel, 12 in. x 15 5/8 in. (30.48 cm x 39.69 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


The first great strides toward Modernism in the twentieth century were made at the easels of Henri Matisse and André Derain in the summer of 1905. Working side by side in a Mediterranean fishing town in southwestern France, the two artists rendered the clear light and pastoral setting of their surroundings in high-keyed loosely painted works that inspired one critic to dub them and their contemporaries les fauves ("wild beasts") later that year.

This work is typical of the fifteen or so small paintings that Matisse made that summer. It began as a pencil sketch on a wooden panel whose visible underdrawing indicates a rectilinearity that was abandoned in favor of a pronounced sinuousness. The finished work is a result of Matisse's enthusiastic experimentation with several techniques: a van Gogh-inspired shifting of strokes, neo-impressionist pointillism, and a subjective selection of colors.


12 in. x 15 5/8 in. (30.48 cm x 39.69 cm)
Acquired 1991
Collection SFMOMA
Bequest of Elise S. Haas
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
91.164

Tags

landscapes, hills, trees, Europe


From June 3, 2013, through early 2016, SFMOMA's building on Third Street in San Francisco will be temporarily closed for expansion construction. Selected artworks in our collection are included in a range of off-site exhibitions during this period. We regret that the remainder of the collection will not be available for study during this time.

In the meantime, we invite you to explore a wide selection of our collection online. Please note that the information presented online is subject to revision. Please contact us at collections@sfmoma.org to verify artwork details.

This resource is for educational use and its contents may not be reproduced without permission. Please review our Terms of Use for more information.