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The portrait was meant to capture the primitive simplicity of a child’s drawing by a father who found his daughter to be an invaluable muse. Henri, Amélie, and Marguerite in the Collioure studio, 1907. The portrait was the first gift Matisse would exchange with the painter Pablo Picasso when the two artists met later the same year. And although there are stories of Picasso’s friends visiting his studio and using the painting as a target for their darts, Picasso always cherished the portrait of Matisse’s daughter.
The streets do fill with tourists every summer, but there is no waterside, no miniature golf course, and very few hotels. 2 The Château Royal, first built by the Knights Templar in the thirteenth century, dominates the harbor of Collioure. Much of it was rebuilt in 1659, after the Treaty of the Pyrenees, but it retains a significant amount of medieval structure and style. The original castle walls still curve around the coast and into the mouth of the Douy stream that comes down from the mountains, marking the original entrance to the first port and the heart of Collioure.
44 The Dance (1909). Collioure: Perpetual Dazzlement Derain arrived in Collioure within a week of receiving Matisse’s invitation. The younger painter was good company, but more important, he encouraged joy and freedom and pleasure. Whereas the summer before, Signac had required discipline and science and a personal commitment to the bigger cause, Derain just wanted to live life to the fullest. Room with a View Collioure is a fairy-tale village built by knights, ruled by kings, and protected by a castle.