Purple Robe and Anemones

This painting shows Matisse’s masterful control over color and pattern. The lithe form of the woman is accentuated by the flowing lines of her purple robe echoing the decoration of the blue and silver wall framing her. These soft waves harshly juxtapose against the strong red and yellow lines on the opposite wall and spreading across the floor. The woman’s golden hair resembles that of Lydia Delectorskaya, Matisse’s companion and muse, whom he met two years before the creation of this work in 1935.

Original Medium: oil on canvas

Original Size: 28 3/4 x 23 3/4 in.

Date: 1937

Location: Baltimore Museum of Art

Matisse in the News

New York Times Article - ‘Graphic Passion: Matisse & the Book Arts’ at the Morgan Library

In Paris during 1946, Henri Matisse made a series of portrait drawings of a notoriously splenetic theater critic named Paul Léautaud. One of the images was to be made into a lithograph for the frontispiece in a book of Léautaud’s writings.... READ THE NY TIMES ARTICLE

Matisse Junkies, Rejoice! A Survey of Grand Works and Studio Relics Captivates in Boston

It’s a great time to be a Matisse junkie. All sorts of exhibitions devoted to the beloved French modernist are being mounted these days. During the past few months along the Eastern seaboard alone, many of the artist’s masterpieces were on view in ... READ THE ARTNEWS ARTICLE 

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