Henri Matisse. Interior with a Young Girl (Girl Reading). Paris 1905-06

Henri Matisse

Interior with a Young Girl (Girl Reading)

Paris 1905-06

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
28 5/8 x 23 1/2" (72.7 x 59.7 cm)
Credit
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller
Object number
79.1991
Copyright
© 2017 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 19 other works online.
Henri Matisse has 314 works online.
There are 2,371 paintings online.

Matisse turned this intimate scene of his daughter, Marguerite, reading into a riot of color—her hair is painted in nearly as many colors as the fruit in the foreground. The artist developed this bold palette in the summer of 1905 in the southern port town of Collioure, France. There, painting alongside his friend the artist André Derain, he fulfilled his goal of learning "how to make my colors sing." Most critics judged his colors less than favorably, deriding Matisse and fellow artists as fauves, or "wild beasts," but shortly after this painting was made it was purchased by the supportive art critic and dealer Felix Fénéon.

Gallery label from Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection, July 17–August 31, 2009

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