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For a while Matisse followed a strict routine. In the mornings he painted in his studio with the model posed on a dais covered by an Islamic textile, while in the afternoons he drew reproductions of sculptures by Michelangelo in the local academy. The result was to create two paradigms: the oppressive two-dimensionality of the backgrounds fights with the volume, weight and corporeality of the figures.

The Yellow Hat
The Moorish Screen
Pianist and Checker Players
© Succession H. Matisse / VEGAP 2009

Henri Matisse
The Yellow Hat, 1929
(Le Chapeau jaune)
Oil on canvas. 64 x 45 cm
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
Henri Matisse
The Moorish Screen, 1921
(Le Paravent mauresque)
Oil on canvas. 91,9 x 74,3 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art:
Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950
Henri Matisse
Pianist and Checker Players, 1924
(Pianiste et joueurs de dames)
Oil on canvas. 73,7 x 92,4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon