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Matisse and armchairs

2011-04-24

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Henri Matisse, Woman on sofa, 1920-1922

 

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

Henri Matisse, Notes of a Painter, 1908

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