The Red Studio (1911) by Henri Matisse

The Red Studio - Henri Matisse - 1911

Artwork Information

TitleThe Red Studio
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions71 1/4 x 7'2 1/4" (181 x 219.1 cm)
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
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About The Red Studio

The Red Studio is a significant painting by Henri Matisse, reflecting his artistic style and emerging aesthetic. Created in 1911, the painting combines elements of Fauvism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. The use of color and flattened perspective challenges traditional notions of reality and space perception.

The painting depicts a retrospective display of Matisse’s recent artworks on sculptures, ceramics, and paintings within his studio. The architecture and furnishings are indicated only by negative gaps in the red surface. Compared to other dens created by Matisse in 1911, the topography is more explicit in “The Red Studio.”

The artwork underwent a two-year analysis before being exhibited at MoMA alongside never-before-seen archival photographs and letters plus related paintings and drawings. “The Red Studio” showcases Matisse’s distinct style known as “art for art’s sake.” This method eliminates any representation of reality or narrative content but instead focuses solely on aesthetic expression through colors’ playfulness combined with simple shapes.

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