The Dessert: Harmony in Red (The Red Room)

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The Dessert: Harmony in Red (The Red Room)
Artist Henri Matisse
Year 1908
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 180 cm × 220 cm (70.9 in × 86.6 in)
Location Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

The Dessert: Harmony in Red is a painting by French artist Henri Matisse, from 1909. It is considered by some critics to be Matisse's masterpiece.[1] This Fauvist painting follows the example set by Impressionism with the overall lack of a central focal point.[2]

The painting was ordered as "Harmony in Blue," but Matisse was dissatisfied with the result, and so he painted it over with his preferred red.[1][3]

It is in the permanent collection of the Hermitage Museum.[4]


  1. ^ a b "The Red Room: Harmony in Red by Henri Matisse (1908): Modern Art Explained: what do you think? The Times, September 2, 2008, found at Times Online. Accessed May 27, 2009.
  2. ^ Bruce Cole, Adelheid M. Gealt, Art of the western world: from ancient Greece to post-modernism (Simon and Schuster, 1991) ISBN 978-0-671-74728-2 p. 265, found at Google books. Accessed May 27, 2009.
  3. ^ Best Stuff website. Accessed May 27, 2009.
  4. ^ Hermitage Museum website. Accessed May 27, 2009.

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