Olive Trees at Collioure

Artist: Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

Date: 1906

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (44.5 x 55.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.1.194

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Painted in Collioure, a scenic town on the Mediterranean
coast that drew many painters in the early years of the
twentieth century, Promenade among the Olive Trees
is one of the earliest and most important paintings of
Matisse’s Fauve period. Inspired by the works of his
older contemporaries Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond
Cross, who also lived in the south of France at this time,
Matisse adopted the vibrant, unnatural colors favored
by the Fauves. The artist found great inspiration in the
sun-drenched landscape of Collioure, writing to a friend
that it was full of “charming sites.” This painting was
acquired by the collectors Gertrude and Leo Stein
shortly after it was completed.