The Dance


Artist:

Start Date: 1932

Completion Date:1933

Style: Expressionism

Genre: genre painting

Technique: oil

Material: canvas

Gallery: Barnes Foundation, Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA

Albert Barnes, a doctor and art lover, commissioned Matisse in 1931 to paint a mural for the main hall of his gallery housing works by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and others. Matisse created a maquette for the mural out of cut paper, which he could rearrange as he determined the composition. However, the finished work was too small for the space due to being given incorrect measurements. Rather than add a decorative border, Matisse decided to recompose the entire piece, resulting in a dynamic composition, in which bodies seem to leap across abstracted space of pink and blue fields.

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