Studio, Quai Saint-Michel

This painting is part of a series Matisse created in his rented studio on the Quai Saint-Michel where he worked from 1894-1907 and again in 1913. The windows of this  studio overlooked the Seine and provided an uninterrupted view of Notre-Dame Cathedral. In this particular rendering Matisse has provided a view of the Palais du Justice and Sainte Chapelle. The thin layers of paint reveal a multitude of lines show giving us insight into the working process of Matisse. Within the room Matisse has portrayed several traditional motifs including; the artist’s studio, the reclining nude, a still life, and a painting within a painting. ‘Matisse has radically simplified the objects and warped the perspective so they appear flattened against the picture plane giving these traditional motifs a modern spin. ‘

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 58 1/4 x 46 in

Date: 1916

Location: Phillips Collection

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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