Three Sisters with Grey Background (Les Trois sœurs sur fond gris)

These three women are dresses in brightly colored, exotic costumes. The tallest figure is “crowned” with a turban and wraps her arms protectively around the other two. The sister on the right holds her hand contemplatively to her head while the youngests looks out with a kind of naive joy that seems inherent to young children. Matisse paints a solid gray background so the viewer’s focus can be entirely on the three women, a technique that had been used in portrait painting for hundreds of years.

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 77 x 38 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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