Henri Manguin

Henri Manguin (1874-1949) created a new understanding of pictorial expression with his expressive paintings. His works are classified as Fauvism – a short-term art movement at the beginning of the 20th century whose roots came from Impressionism. However, Fauvism aimed to break away from the impressionistic. And to counteract the transience of Impressionist paintings with strong colours and large-scale application of paint in order to give the work more expression and permanence.

The Fauvists (Henri Matisse for example) found popular motifs in southern France nature. The luminosity and unique aesthetics of the landscape fascinated the artists of their time. Manguin found his inspiration above all along the Côte d'Azur in the village of Cavalière. His landscape depictions were given a vivid expression by a very special muse: his wife Jeanne, whom he depicted in numerous motifs.