In the three year period punctuated by summers at Belle Ile, Matisse's style changed radically. As the present painting exemplifies, Belle-Île offered Matisse a remote and secluded subject with spectacular cliff and rock structures enveloped in ever changing light and atmospheric effects. It was the perfect place for radical experimentation on the motif and by 1897 the change was complete. The painting Belle-Île-en-Mer features almost abstract qualities. Later in his life, commenting on his relationship with Russel, Matisse would say: "...Russell was my teacher, and Russell explained colour theory to me...". The present painting is a fascinating testament to the relationship between Russel and Matisse and to the far-reaching influence of Belle-Île on the work of a painter that was to become one of the key figures of modern painting.
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