Henri Matisse 1869-1954 BACK

The Dessert: A Harmony in Red
oil on canvas, 180x220cm
The Hermitage

The Dessert: A Harmony in Red
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This painting went through three successive stages. First it was green, then blue, after it hung at the Salond'Automne in 1908. It was finally delivered in scarlett to the Russian collector Shchukin to decorate his dining room. Matisse also limits his perspective in this work. He makes elisions in the line around the table, frames the chair, the window, and the little house in an innovative manner by cutting them off, and encloses two of the planes, the green and the blue in a window.

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