About this artwork
In the first two decades of the 20th century, Henri Matisse visited exhibitions of Islamic art and traveled to Algeria and Morocco, where he collected pottery, textiles, and tiles. Years later while living in Nice, France, Matisse reflected on these experiences, integrating visual elements he encountered, such as the patterned textile screen, into his paintings. In Woman before an Aquarium, the carefully subdued decorative pattern of the screen contributes to the psychologically rich, contemplative mood of this interior scene.
- On View, Gallery 394
- Modern Art
- Henri Matisse
- Woman before an Aquarium
- France (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, l.r.: "Henri Matisse"
- 81.2 × 100.2 cm (31 15/16 × 39 7/16 in.)
- Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection
- © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York