Three Sisters and “The Rose Marble Table” (Les Trois sœurs à “La Table de marbre rose”)

Three women gaze out at the viewer from the canvas, their eyes a matching shade of golden-brown. And while their faces have been rendered with a few simple lines there is an intensity contained within them. Matisse takes the opportunity to enliven the traditional portrait genre by showing the women in a variety of poses wearing several graphic patterns. Behind them, above the mantel, seems to be another abstract painting. It seems to be a simple still life with an ivy vine twisting around the base of a goblet.

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 76 1/2 x 37 7/8 in.

Date: 1917

Location: Barnes Foundation

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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