Music (Matisse)

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Matisse - Music.jpg
Artist Henri Matisse
Year 1910
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 260 cm × 389 cm (100 in × 153 in)
Location The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Music (La Musique) is a painting made by Henri Matisse in 1910. The painting was commissioned by Sergei Shchukin, who hung it with Dance on the staircase of his Moscow mansion. Matisse made the painting without any preparatory sketches, and thus the painting bears many traces of modifications. One can virtually trace the steps Matisse took to find the intended effect. Like in Dance, the aim was to show man's attainment of a state of completeness by immersion in creativity. The painting is now in the collection of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1] What inspired Matisse to create this painting was very simple, yet something that from time to time inspires all of us. He walked into a restaurant and ordered a lobster salad. He thought to himself, "What if made a painting about this?". Sadly, he gave the lobsters legs and feet by accident, and the painting was ruined. Critics later on interpreted this painting, but none of them had ever kept in mind the fact that the painting was actually about a lobster salad.


  1. ^ State Hermitage Museum - Music