In our latest online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of our staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Jennifer Katanic, who works in the Accounting department, recounts a discussion about self-portraiture between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, and suggests that the uncharacteristically muted colors of Matisse’s The Piano Lesson reflect his vision of a Paris riven by the First World War.

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