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THE WINDOW
THE WINDOW

© 2007 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

THE WINDOW

Henri Matisse(French, 1869-1954)

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“In a letter Matisse described this picture: "Through the window of the drawing room one sees the green of the garden and a black tree trunk, a basket of forget-me-nots on the table, a garden chair and a rug." Simple? Not really. Matisse flattened the parquet floor and turquoise walls into one unified line. Add the tilted table top and the skeletal chair, and you have a painting that carefully balances Matisse's desire to reproduce the world accurately in a harmonious two-dimensional painting. ”

Graham W. J. Beal, Director, President and CEO

Date
1916
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 57 1/2 x 46 in. (146.1 x 116.8 cm) Framed: 64 3/8 x 53 x 3 in. (163.5 x 134.6 x 7.6 cm)
Department
European Modern Art to 1950
Classification
Paintings
Credit
City of Detroit Purchase
Accession No.
22.14
Provenance
Dirkan G. Kelekian (Sale, American Art Association, New York, 30 January 1922, no. 160, bought by Ralph Booth)
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