Trivium Art HistoryHenri Matisse

The Young Sailor

The Young Sailor, 1906 — Henri Matisse
101.6 cm83.2 cm

The Young Sailor is a Fauvist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Henri Matisse in 1906. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is tagged Portraits. Source

The Young Sailor was painted during Matisse's involvement with the Fauves — a turn of the century art group devoted to bold, flat colors and simplified forms. Our sailor, in dapper cap and fashion pout, features Germain Augustin Barthélémy Montargès, an eighteen-year-old local fisherman in Collioure.

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