Henri Matisse Cap d’Antibes 1922

Artwork details

Artist
Henri Matisse 1869–1954
Title
Cap d’Antibes
Date 1922
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 506 x 612 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Reference
T03568
Not on display

Display caption

In the 1920s Matisse spent much of the year in Nice, in the South of France, returning to Paris only for the summer months. He continued to paint figure scenes, often semi-clothed 'odalisques' in exotically-patterned interiors. However, he also executed a number of naturalistic landscapes in soft-toned colours, which marked a significant departure from his earlier, more radical work. The presence in this picture of the woman seated on a bench gazing at the view is a reminder of the extent to which the Mediterranean had become a site of tourism by the 1920s.

August 2004

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