Music (Matisse)

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Matisse - Music.jpg
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions260 cm × 389 cm (100 in × 153 in)
LocationThe Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Music (La Musique) is a wall-size 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 right across to The Dance II in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1]


  1. ^ State Hermitage Museum - Music