Henri Matisse’s “Two Girls In A Yellow And Red Interior (Deux Fillettes)” is a remarkable painting that showcases the artist’s technical mastery and innovative draughtsmanship. Painted in May-June of 1947, this piece demonstrates Matisse’s use of color, which he is known for as the greatest colorist of the 20th century. He even rivals Picasso in his colorful art style. Despite being primarily regarded as a painter, he also worked as a draftsman, printmaker and sculptor.
In his later years, Matisse turned to cut-outs where he created forms by cutting painted paper with scissors. However, for “Two Girls In A Yellow And Red Interior,” Matisse used traditional methods to produce an interior scene that resembles an idealized domestic space of women who sit together intimately on chairs with stretched-out arms. One girl donning a red dress watches the other girl wearing yellow adjust her hair while sitting on an elaborate couch decorated with pillows; flowers are arranged in different vases within their surroundings.
Currently located at the Barnes Foundation collection in Pennsylvania, this artwork serves as one from many that displays Matisse’s utter creativity during modernism era which continues to inspire artists worldwide.because it was made specifically using classic brush stroke techniques rather than his later technique of cut-outs