Henri Matisse emerged as a post-impressionist and was regarded as a rival to Pablo Picasso. Still life and nude was some of his favorites to create. His creation of human figures is important in Fauvist because he felt it was neglected in Impressionism. He used this figures to represent his own feelings and moods. Matisse used pure colors and the white of exposed canvas to create a light-filled atmosphere. The Roofs of Collioure was done in Matisse's early Fauvist period. He traveled to southern France for his inspiration. It shows how he used his vivid colors and the white of the canvas to create his artworks.