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Woman Reading
The Attic Studio
Carmelina
Green Stripe
Luxe, Calme Et Volupte
Harmony In Red
Dance
Red Studio
The Painter's Family
Zorah On The Terrace
Composition: The Yellow Curtain
Bathers by the River
The Painter and His Model
The Artist and His Model
Interior at Nice
Decorative Figure
The Sorrows of the King
The Snail (L'Escargot)


Harmony in Red
1908; Oil on canvas, 69 3/4" x 85 7/8"; The Hermitage, Leningrad

The red of the walls and tablecloth, with the interweiving blue pattern, is one of Mattise's most unusual color creations, with a history just as fascinating and complex. The canvas began its life as Harmony in Green, and was then transformed to Harmony in Blue. It then was bought by Sergei Shchukin, who honored Matisse's request to work on it one last time, with this Masterpiece as the final result. The fact Matisse was painting on a predominantly blue ground rather than on a fresh white canvas very likely influenced his choice of this particular red.



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