Henri Matisse. The Red Studio. Issy-les-Moulineaux, fall 1911

Henri Matisse The Red Studio Issy-les-Moulineaux, fall 1911

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 East The Robert B. Menschel Galleries

"Where I got the color red—to be sure, I just don't know," Matisse once remarked. "I find that all these things . . . only become what they are to me when I see them together with the color red." This painting features a small retrospective of Matisse's recent painting, sculpture, and ceramics, displayed in his studio. The artworks appear in color and in detail, while the room's architecture and furnishings are indicated only by negative gaps in the red surface. The composition's central axis is a grandfather clock without hands—it is as if, in the oasis of the artist's studio, time were suspended.

Gallery label from 2006
Additional text

A studio is a place where artists work. In this painting of his studio, Matisse included little versions of his own works of art. In that way, it’s almost a painting of himself. What would you include in a painting of yourself?

Gallery label from For Kids, 2019
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
71 1/4" x 7' 2 1/4" (181 x 219.1 cm)
Credit
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
8.1949
Copyright
© 2022 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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1911-1926 With the artist
1926 David Tennant, London (acquired from the artist)
1942 Georges Keller (Bignou Gallery), New York (acquired from the above)
1949 The Museum of Modern Art, New York (purchased from the above)

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