Nasturtiums with the Painting "Dance" I

Artist: Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

Date: 1912

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 75 1/2 x 45 3/8 in. (191.8 x 115.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982

Accession Number: 1984.433.16

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Matisse's representations of his studio often include glimpses of other artwork. Here he depicts the left half of his large canvas, Dance I (1909, Museum of Modern Art, New York). The carefully arranged furniture in the foreground flattens the pictorial space. The back leg of the tripod sculpture stand appears to rest in the grass of the painting behind it. Similarly, the chair in the left corner is placed so that the top rung of its back extends a horizontal purple stripe across the canvas. In a simpler version of this composition (Pushkin Museum, Moscow), this stripe denotes the area of wall visible between Dance I and the studio floor.