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)

Composition: the Yellow Curtain
1914; Oil on canvas, 57 1/2" x 38 1/4" Collection Marcel Mabille, Brussels

This is one of the climatic instances of Matisse's treatment of a view through an open window. The picture presents a daringly abstract landscape and frame, which are in contrast to a relatively realistic handling of the curtain to the left. The green areas of architectural border are so flatly treated that the landscape beyond becomes almost literally a picture within a picture. The curtain is actually red with a green floral pattern, and its reverse side is yellow where it has fluttered back into the room, perhaps as the result of a breeze. It's yellow is nearly identical to the yellow-ocher ground of the landscape, a broad, flatly painted area that vibrates against two areas of blue.

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