Henri Matisse: Dancers

Henri Matisse painted one of his most iconic works, Dance (I), in 1909 when Russian industrialist and art collector Sergei Shchukin commissioned the work for his Moscow mansion. For the project, Matisse re-envisioned the circling nude dancers of his brightly colored Joy of Life (1906), in a pared-down palette and simplified lines. This monumental canvas, though completed in just one week and considered a study by Matisse, is among the most significant works of 20th-century art, now held in the permanent …

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