From Fauvism to Cubism
The Cantini Museum offers different sequences around the greatest names of Fauvism. The collections include masterpieces such as Académie d’Homme by Henri Matisse, La Pinède à Cassis by André Derain, Paysage Bleu, Portrait d’Eva Blum and Lola à l’ombrelle jaune by Charles Camoin, and other equally remarkable paintings by artists such as Emile Othon Friesz and Alfred Lombard.
Cubism is also in the spotlight, with an emphasis on some of the earliest experiments in the field. Raoul Dufy is represented by several works: La Terrasse à l’Estaque, Usine à l’Estaque, Paysage de l’Estaque, three paintings dating from 1908, offer a strong view of this former fishing village that has now become a picturesque district of Marseille. Albert Gleizes is also present at the Cantini Museum, notably through L’Écolier, a painting dating from 1924.
Purism and post-cubism trends are also part of the museum’s collections, with works by Amédée Ozenfant, Fernand Léger, Le Corbusier, Jenny-Laure Garcin and Jacques Villon. Visitors can, for example, discover Les Hommes et la Machine, a 1932 painting by Jenny-Laure Garcin, or Nature Morte au Couteau by Fernand Léger.
Numerous works testify to the fascination of these artists for the landscapes of Provence and the French Riviera. The bright light of southeastern France enhances the colors and inspires the greatest.