Interior With An Etruscan Vase

Interior with an Etruscan Vase (Intérieur au vase étrusque), Henri Matisse (French, 1869 – 1954) 1940 
 Cleveland Museum of Art

My favorite in the CMA Collection!  Matisse created an oasis in turbulent times in his studio in the South of France.  The source of light is deceptive.  A closer look reveals the window to be a cartoon of a tapestry while the real windows appear to be shuttered.  He uses impressions of his own art as wall decoration.  The interesting presentation of the black table anchors the colors together including  the dabs of paint suggesting an array of citrus fruit.   He is the ‘King of Color!

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