Henri Matisse - Belle Ile 1896

Woman Reading 1894 The Study of Gustave Moreau 1895 The Bridge 1895 Belle Ile 1896 Brittany. Boat 1896 Interior with a top hat 1896 The Maid 1896
Belle Ile 1896

Belle Ile 1896
Musée des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux

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In 1896 and 1897, Matisse visited the Australian painter John Peter Russell on the island Belle Île off the coast of Brittany. Russell introduced him to Impressionism and to the work of van Gogh, who had been a friend of Russell but was completely unknown at the time. Matisse's style changed completely. He later said "Russell was my teacher, and Russell explained colour theory to me." In 1896 Matisse exhibited five paintings in the salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, two of which were purchased by the state.