Woman Reading
The Attic Studio
Green Stripe
Luxe, Calme Et Volupte
Harmony In Red
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)

1910; Oil on canvas, 8' 5 5/8" x 12' 9 1/2" The Hermitage, Leningrad

The mural size of this painting was inevitable, given the expanded scale Matisse was moving towards. The painting may be interpreted as anti-cubism, demonstrating how figures can be linked with rhythm and color against a contrasting background, instead of binding together figures through arbitrary overlaps and plane deformations.
The hands on the figure on the left and the figure in the foreground create a tension referring to Michelangelo's "Creation of Man". Also the dances themselves reach back to antiquity in images on the "Three Graces".

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