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Knowing that life could be difficult, stressful and sad, Matisse wanted his paintings to be a source of comfort and joy. By simplifying the shapes of the objects in his paintings, by heightening the colours and playing shapes and colours off against each other, he produced works that are full of seductive harmonies and compelling disharmonies. But there can also be something quite startling, even shocking in his paintings.
oil on canvas
H 60.3 x W 81 cm
bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944