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Crossroads at Malabry (Carrefour de Malabry)

Henri Matisse

European Art

In a departure from the vivid hues of his sun-drenched scenes, Matisse focuses here on the muted earth tones of a light-dappled forest. He renders the angled trees in long brushstrokes in a range of browns, allowing the substantial trunks to taper and dematerialize in lightly sketched, ghostly passages at the top. By contrast, the painter creates a hint of sky by daubing a thick, lightly blended mix of blue and white over the branches and foliage. While using a vertically oriented canvas, Matisse provides a sense of spatial recession with a path punctuated by pools of light.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1916
    DIMENSIONS 24 1/8 x 15 1/8 in. (61.3 x 38.4 cm) Frame: 31 x 22 in. (78.7 x 55.9 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Henri Matisse"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Laura L. Barnes
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    CAPTION Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Crossroads at Malabry (Carrefour de Malabry), ca. 1916. Oil on canvas, 24 1/8 x 15 1/8 in. (61.3 x 38.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes, 67.24.16. © artist or artist's estate
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