French Window at Collioure1914 by Henri Matisse

In the closing “Ocean Park” section of the exhibit, Katy Rothkopf wisely included Matisse’s radically reductive “French Window at Collioure” (1914). From the curator’s wall text, we learn that the artist blackened out a balcony and landscape that had originally filled the central space. He planned on revisiting this area. Happily, he never did. This master of bold hues who once declared, “I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermillion goldfish,” also said, “I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.”
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Tags: window
Media: oil on canvas